NLC launches attack on Ngige over plans to proscribe NUPENG
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, carpeted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, over alleged plans to proscribe the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
It said the minister’s purported action has showed him as someone who does not believe in civilized and democratic society.
The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in his reaction, however, demanded a public apology with immediate withdrawal of the threat letter to NUPENG, dated May 13.
According to him, “We wish to unequivocally posit that the cruel urgency communicated in his letter suggests only onenthing: unveiled desperation to disorganise and destroy trade unionism in Nigeria. It is also not a coincidence that this is coming on the heels of our recent protests against the activities of the Minister of Labour and Employment to undermine organised labour and trade unions in Nigeria.
“We are privy to the fact that shortly after our last protest, abdirective was issued from the office of the Minister of Labour to officers in the Ministry of Labour and Employment to fish forngrounds on which to deal decisively with organized labour.
‘’We understand that the Nigeria Labour Congress is the primary target in the current overdrive to run trade unionism in Nigeria under ground. It was only when the fishing expedition failed to grab anything against Nigeria Labour Congress that the hunters turned their barrels on NUPENG.
‘’This attitude of vindictiveness is not only unbecoming of ‘the only competent authority on labour matters’ but also uncivilised, ungentlemanly, undemocratic, uncut and unpolished.
“Unfortunately, even the most despicable dictators in global annals have never descended to this low of shameful abuse of public office and trust to hound, persecute and terrorize innocent workers, national labour centres and their affiliate unions.
It is highly disgusting that this behaviour is coming from a so-called democrat who has had the privilege of seeking public acquiescence, especially the votes of workers while contesting for the position of the governor of a state.
“Given that the intention of the minister’s recent directive is aimed at achieving narrow, petty and selfish ends, we demand the withdrawal of Dr. Chris Ngige’s letter to NUPENG.