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Labour Minister hint on Presidency interest come 2023


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said he reserves the right to contest for Senate or presidency in 2023.

Ngige made the remark while dismissing reports that he was interested in contesting for the Anambra governorship election billed for next year.

He spoke in his hometown of Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Sunday.

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Ngige, who was a former one term governor of the state, however, declared that he has no interest in becoming governor because he’s on a national assignment as Minister.

Ngige said: “Yes, there have been speculations that I am eyeing the governorship of Anambra State. They have written about it in a lot of media. I am a politician. They have the right to speculate on my next move. My next move is very vast.

“Elections will come in 2023, I have a right to vie for any position. I can vie for Senate.

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“I can vie for president if I so wish. Election will be coming in Anambra State, latest November 2021 to elect a successor to Obiano. I am not disqualified. I have a right to say I can run.

“I don’t have interest for now in Anambra governorship because I am on a national assignment.”


#Newsworthy…

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Sack of Labour Minister – Electricity workers threaten strike. [Nigeria]


The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) has threatened to resume its pending strike, if a purported letter sacking its President, Mr Chris Okonkwo, was not withdrawn immediately.

The association General Secretary, Mr Abubakar Dubagari, made this known in a statement on Friday.

The Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Umar Mohammed, had on April 24 issued the letter sacking Okonkwo, the company’s General Manager, Special Duties.

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The letter read: “After servicing TCN for a period of about six years, please be informed that your political posting had lapsed by June 11, 2018 and you should have ceased from coming to work from June 12, 2018.

“Consequently, you are to stop coming to work with immediate effect.”

Dubagari, expressing the association’s grievances over the sack, said: “We demand that the letter under reference be withdrawn immediately.

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“In the event that you are unyielding to this demand, we shall mobilise all legal and industrial machinery at our disposal to resume our pending industrial action and this shall be without further notice.”

He said that termination of the appointment was not within the prerogative of Mohammed as Managing Director.

According to him, it should be within the purview of the Minister of Power, subject to laid down rules and procedures.

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“Dr. Chris Okonkwo was not on political posting to TCN as you portrayed in your letter under reference.

“He has been a career power sector employee for more than 27 years and rose to the position of General Manager since 2013 through hard work and dedication to duties.

“His appointment, like any other employee of TCN, was anchored on the public service rules of 60 years of age or 35 years of service and does not carry tenure of service.

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“As such, his service with TCN cannot be said to have lapsed since June 11, 2018,” Dubagari said.

He said the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Federal Ministry of Power, Trade Unions Congress of Nigeria (TUC), and other bodies intervened and the parties were advised to restrain themselves and resume a harmonious working relationship.


#Newsworthy…

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