The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has explained that his absence at the 2019 workers’ day celebrations in Abuja has nothing to do with his current face-off with the organised labour over the headship of the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), but his ill health.
DAILY POST reports that the Minister was conspicuously absent at the annual event to celebrate workers which was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
At the event, Ayuba Wabba, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, President, in his address to workers, alluded 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.