- NUP alleges that Ngige deliberately trying to factionalise the union.
- Says affiliate body is not yet de-affiliated.
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call to order, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige in order to stop him from plunging labour unions in the country into crisis.
While accusing the Minister of deliberately trying to factionalise the union, the NUP pointed that as a way of achieving his intention, the Minister is sponsoring his tribal people to create a faction of the pension union.
It could be recalled that a new pension body known as Federal Parastatal and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria had approached the Ministry of Labour for registration as a pension union, alleging that the NUP has failed its members.
In a statement signed by NUP General Secretary, Elder Actor Zal, the group said that the action of those behind the new body was illegal and against the spirit and letters of the nation’s labour laws.
“To achieve this ignoble objective Dr. Chris Ngige deliberately went shopping for few disgruntled elements within the union from his tribe, organized them and sponsor them with government money including PHCN superannuation fund to the tune of N407 million recently collected by the self-appointed interim president of the minister’s pensioners association.”
Zal, therefore, challenged those behind the new body seeking registration to tell the world where those purported to be affiliates of the new body met and decided to form the union, adding that all sectors mentioned as members were already affiliated to the NUP and have not de-affiliated.
The group also noted that the effort of the Minister is self-serving and is not in the best interest of the country, adding that what the minister is about to do is not only contrary to the existing labour law; it will amount to proliferation of industrial unions.