CISLAC made the call in a press release made available to National Record on Wednesday in Abuja. The press release, entitled: “MAGU’S SUSPENSION: CISLAC CALLS FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION,” stated that due to the unclear situation of what the real issues are, there are concerns and conflicting signals being passed to the general public.
In a press release dated July 7, 2020, entitled: “A DISCLAIMER ON THE POSITION OF NATIONAL RECORD ON THE PROBE OF THE NATIONAL SOCIAL INSURANCE TRUST FUND,” Comrade Khaleel denied making the comments credited to him by National Record. “I wish to unequivocally disclaim the malicious and blatant lie that I made such comments to National Record or any other news medium,” he asserted.
The NLC, speaking through one of its two representatives on the Governing Board of the NSITF, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, who is also NLC’s National Treasurer as well as National President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), told National Record that there obviously seems to be confusion around the suspension of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, three Executive Directors and a number of other top management staff of the NSITF by the Minister of Labour and Employment on Thursday, July 2nd 2020.
NECA stressed that the corporate governance structure of NSITF as provided for in its act empowers the Board to deal with matters as such as being unilaterally being handled by Minister Ngige without the knowledge of statutory institutions that a members of the organisation’s Board, such as the NLC and CBN.
“We wish to state that President Muhammadu Buhari has not suspended the management of NSITF and did not make such announcement. The person mentioned in the media report is not a staff of the President."
The officers, the statement said, were suspended due to alleged infractions on the extant Financial Regulations and Procurement Act, and other acts of gross misconduct.
According to the NLC in the statement entitled; “The Nigeria Labour Congress Condemns and Rejects the Increase in the Price of Petrol (Premium Motor Spirit),” the PPPRA contradicted itself when it said that the latest price increase was an “advisory” meant to regulate a product that government claims had been de-regulated.
After I left, I understand that the Joint Committees purportedly suspended the work of the Selection Committees nationwide until they decide how the programme should be run and who should be in those Committees. My opinion is that it is tantamount to challenging the powers of Mr. President.
Comrade Wabba said the “savage treatment of migrant workers has become rampant in the Libyan city of Tarhuna” and declaring the NLC stands in solidarity with the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) and all African workers in condemning “this un-African, evil, and barbaric development.”
Describing the situation as most unfortunate, the NLC said the silence of NERC on this matter bellows louder than the obscene and hollow threat by DISCOs to make life even more difficult for Nigerians who are still grappling with the socio-economic dislocations occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.