The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says ill health prevented him from attending the 2019 workers’ day celebrations in Abuja and not his current face-off with the organised labour over the headship of the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).
Concise News reports that the Minister was conspicuously absent at the annual event to celebrate workers which was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
In his address to the workers at the event, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, suggested that the Minister was absent because of their disagreement over the NSITF board.
It was gathered that workers had also planned to boo the Minister at the event.
But in a two-paragraph statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Nwachukwu Obidiwe, Senator Ngige said he was absent as a result of ill-health.
The statement reads: “Contrary to uncivilized attitude and barefaced lies contained in the address of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, I wish to state for the avoidance of doubt that the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige was absent at Wednesday’s Worker’s Day rally for reasons of ill health.
“The Minister has been down with flu since last Sunday. He met his doctors last Monday and has since been at home recuperating.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of state for Labour and Employment, Stephen Ocheni delivered Ngige’s address to workers.