Nigerian House of Representatives on Tuesday 7, July 2020 has faulted the suspending action carried out on the Management of the Nigeria Social insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) by Senator Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment which has been described as a draconian and against presidential directives.
In a motion of urgent public importance which is sponsored by Rep. Leke Abejide, the House resolved to investigate the matter with a view to ensuring that justice is carried out.
Abejide states that the Minister lacks the power to suspend the management of the agency since there was a board which never met to decide on the fate of the management, adding that only the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has the power to issue such letter.
According to Rep. James Abiodun Faleke the suspension of the management was to give room for the Minister to have access to the budget of the agency in which he inserted about N2 billion projects and got his wife who work in the office of the Head of Service to sign a letter granting him permission to hire Insurance brokers for the fund.
Rep. Sada Soli whose investigative report on the NSITF said that from the outcome his investigation, he can conveniently conclude that the present Chairman of the NSITF board is a cunning Minister. He also said that the Minister had refused to inaugurate Comrade Frank Kokori as Chairman of the board even after his appointment by the President as he realized that Kokori will not give room for corrupt practices in the agency.