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SSANU and NASU Suspend Strike
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SSANU and NASU Suspend Strike

A Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) have suspended its three-week-old strike. President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi said the new directive became effective from midnight of Friday, February 26. The Unions which had asked its members to commence an indefinite strike over an alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears,  inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others ca...
Igbos Held Sensitive Positions But Didn’t Use It For Igbo Welfare – Chris Ngige
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Igbos Held Sensitive Positions But Didn’t Use It For Igbo Welfare – Chris Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said the Igbos have no reason to complain about marginalization because when people from their region were in office, they failed to use the position to better the lot of the Igbo nation. Speaking at a function in Anambra state on Monday, February 22, Ngige said the Igbos should stop blaming President Buhari for certain inadequacies in the South East. He opined that they should put the blame on their successive representatives and high profile politicians, who have occupied positions of authority such as Inspector General of Police, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and many others in the past but failed to use the positions to work for their people. “I am not saying that giving sensitive positions to Igbo under ...
Lamido Blasts Tinubu, Amaechi, Others Over ‘Silence’ On Attacks On Fulanis
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Lamido Blasts Tinubu, Amaechi, Others Over ‘Silence’ On Attacks On Fulanis

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has accused leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the southern part of the country of being unfair to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Fulani ethnic group with their silence. Lamido, while speaking with journalists in Kano categorically mentioned APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige and former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha among those whose silence has further exacerbated the hatred against the Fulanis. Non of the APC leaders indicted by Lamido has reacted to the allegations as of the time of filing this report. He said the ‘hatred’ against the Fulani ethnic group which reached a crescendo with ultimatums issued in Oyo and Ondo state...
ASUU Strike: Ngige Expresses Optimism As Another Meeting With Lecturers Begins
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ASUU Strike: Ngige Expresses Optimism As Another Meeting With Lecturers Begins

The federal government on Friday continued negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to put an end to the eight-month-old strike action. ASUU embarked on a nationwide strike on March 23 to demand “revitalisation allowance”, earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, visitation panels, among other demands. Premium Times reported how the federal government, last Friday, made some concessions to the striking university lecturers through their union. The government offered N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of the lecturers’ demands. The government also agreed to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS. The N65 billion seeks to address the ...
Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige
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Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities will accept the new offer by the Federal Government and end the eight-month strike which began in March. He urged ASUU to hasten consultations with its members in order to return to the negotiation table before Friday. “I feel that even this offer is one of the best they have ever gotten since I started conciliation with them. I do not see why they should not accept it. Everything they asked for has been granted. I don’t think they should say the offer is not good. “But I told them before they left that asking the nation and the students to wait from Friday to Friday is unfair, they should come back to us by Tuesday. They have done that before when we...
I Have Three Children In Public Universities – Ngige
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I Have Three Children In Public Universities – Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has restated the commitment of Federal Government to end the eight-month strike embarked on by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. He described as untrue, comments that government officials have been foot-draggers in the ongoing negotiations with the university lecturers because their children school abroad. Ngige said, “I have three biological children in public schools. They are in public schools; they are not in private universities. Unlike ASUU members who have most of their children in private universities, three of mine are here. So, I am a very big stakeholder in the public tertiary school system.” The minister, who spoke on an Arise TV interview monitored by The PUNCH, added, “So, when ASUU says politicia...
Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello
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Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello

Three former governors currently serving as ministers in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet have said that they are not receiving pensions from their state governments. The ministers are Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment) and Kayode Fayemi (Mines and Steel Development). Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State, said he did not receive any pension from Lagos State. According to his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the minister recently made it clear that he (Fashola) had no reason to ask the Lagos State Government to stop paying him a pension when from the outset he never accepted it. Bello said, “The minister spoke on Hard Copy, a programme on Channels TV on Friday. In that programme, he said you don’...
Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform
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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

For the second time in one week, the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked on Wednesday  as they failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers. The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment,  Chris Ngige,  had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution. But the ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment should be made through the UTAS. Seq...
Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform
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Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers . The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll - out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution . But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not ...
FG, Labour’s Eight-Hour Meeting Ends In Deadlock
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FG, Labour’s Eight-Hour Meeting Ends In Deadlock

An eight-hour meeting involving the Federal Government, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress ended in a deadlock on Tuesday, following the inability of the parties to reach a consensus. While the organised labour was demanding the reversal of the hikes in the price of petrol and electricity tariffs, the Federal Government pleaded for understanding, saying it could not sustain the fuel subsidy. Although the government team made presentations on its policies, it didn’t specify how the effects of the hikes in electricity and petroleum products would be alleviated. Also on Tuesday, the TUC has said the indefinite strike and nationwide protest billed to commence from Wednesday, September 23, would hold as planned. The congress had issued a seven-day ultimatum...
Photos from the wedding of President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan
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Photos from the wedding of President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan

President Buhari and his wife, Aisha, on Friday, September 4, gave their daughter, Hanan's hand in marriage to her fiance, Turad Sha'aban.   The wedding took place in the Presidential Villa in Abuja and was attended by various dignitaries.   Guests at the wedding included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and wife, Dolapo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi and wife Bisi, Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, first ladies of various states and many others.   See more photos below.  
Monarch Armed With Pistol Intervened When I Was Kidnapped As A Governor – Ngige
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Monarch Armed With Pistol Intervened When I Was Kidnapped As A Governor – Ngige

Ngige, who was governor between 2003 and 2006, was held hostage in Awka, the state capital, on July 10, 2003. In an interview with THISDAY, Ngige gave an account of what truly transpired between him and his abductors. “The first thing that comes to mind each time I flash back is the maxim that everything that happens to a man is for a purpose is very correct. If you are a believer in God, you will know that even if suffering is inflicted on you, it may turn out for your own good,” he said. “So, when July 10 came, I wasn’t expecting it. I did not have any premonition. Even though I picked some intelligence reports but it wasn’t clear. The last call was from my friend, Chris Uba and that was early in the morning of July 10 and said he was going to Lagos to do one or two things ...
FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance
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FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance

Indications emerged Friday that the Federal Government has released the sum of N4.5 billion to 31 Federal Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres across the country to cover hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made this disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents, in company of the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, after they briefed President Muhammadu Buhari, on the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). Ngige expressed optimism that the strike action embarked upon by the Resident Doctors will end soon. The strike which commenced on Monday this week followed instructions by the NARD to its member...
NARD Nationwide Strike: FG Threatens Actions Against NARD
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NARD Nationwide Strike: FG Threatens Actions Against NARD

The Federal government has threatened to take action against any resident doctor on its payroll who fails to resume work today, June 17. Recall that NARD had embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday due to the Federal Government’s failure to meet demands made by the association. A negotiation meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige with the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the leadership of the Resident doctors, ended in a deadlock on Tuesday after many hours of deliberation. Ngige, during the meeting, stated that health workers are the essential frontline officers during the coronavirus pandemic and have suffered great mishaps across the country. According to him, the major issues have been taken care of, while other minor issues will...
Immigrant Visa Ban Will Be Reviewed If Certain Conditions Are Met – US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard
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Immigrant Visa Ban Will Be Reviewed If Certain Conditions Are Met – US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard

The United States of America ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard has stated that the immigrant visa ban against Nigerians which has ignited lots of controversies in the last few weeks, will be reviewed if certain conditions are met. Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige in Abuja on Tuesday February 18, Leonard said that the US wants Nigeria to sort out problems with information sharing. She said; “I need to clarify something for you here. The immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States. It does not cancel the status of anyone who currently lives in the United States. “What Secretary Pompey said was that it was meant to be temporary. And it is about problems with information s...
FEC Directs Minimum Wage Payment On Or Before December 31
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FEC Directs Minimum Wage Payment On Or Before December 31

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, to effect payment of the new minimum wage on or before 31st December, 2019. This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, at the end of FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Abuja. He also said FEC approved the minimum wage to take effect from 18 April 2019.
New Minimum Wage: Details Of New Adjustment Formula Agreed By FG, Labour
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New Minimum Wage: Details Of New Adjustment Formula Agreed By FG, Labour

The Federal Government has finally reached an agreement on the adjustment formula for the implementation of the new minimum wage. The agreement reached late Thursday night was made known by Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment. This is after several attempts by the negotiating parties failed to bear yield fruits, six months after President Muhammadu Buhari gave his assent to the N30,000 new minimum wage. “After some delicate negotiations (with both Ministers as conciliators) Government & Labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustments of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000. We are now working on the communique,” Keyamo tweeted Thursday night. Mr Keyamo provided further infor...
FG To Review Wages, Allowances For Governors, Others
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FG To Review Wages, Allowances For Governors, Others

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said there are plans to review the wages of all political office holders in the country. “The last holistic wage review took place in 2011 and a new one is being planned,” Ngige told members of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) during a visit to his office in Abuja on Tuesday. “What is a governor doing with hazard allowance? What hazard when the state is feeding him and his family? What is a governor doing with constituency allowance? The whole state is his constituency. “These are what will be holistically reviewed.” Ngige said there was a need to review and streamline the wages and allowances given to political service holders, and the high wages earned by workers in certain government organisation...
Focus On Your Duty, Stop The Mischief – Peter Obi To Ngige
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Focus On Your Duty, Stop The Mischief – Peter Obi To Ngige

Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Peter Obi, has advised the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, to focus his energy on making Nigeria work, rather than engaging in mischief. Mr Obi spoke through his media adviser, Valentine Obienyem, in a statement on Sunday. Mr Obienyem was reacting to statements made by Ngige that he was ashamed of the quality of roads constructed by his successors in Anambra, including Obi. “What is most condemnable in Ngige’s attacks are the lies he tells just to bring Obi down,” Obienyem said. “How could he mention roads such as Abatete-Nteje-Aguleri-Otuocha road and Igboukwu-Ezenifite-Umunze, Iseeke roads and deliberately forgot that Obi did greater portions of those roads?” Obieny...
IPOB Can’t Attack Me Outside Nigeria – Ngige
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IPOB Can’t Attack Me Outside Nigeria – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said members of the Indigenous People of Biafra cannot attack him outside Nigeria. He stated this in Obosi, Anambra State against the background of reports that IPOB members had threatened to attack politicians of the South-East geopolitical zone if they were sighted anywhere outside the country. He said the secessionists would have a moral burden to attack him because he protected them and their interests when he was the governor of Anambra State. He added that IPOB was not set up to be a violent group. Ngige said, “IPOB was registered by the late President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife and other Igbo as a non-violent group. What is going on now in the group is not part of the work plan . I visited...
Ngige Threatens To Sanction Banks Over Indiscriminate Sack Of Workers
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Ngige Threatens To Sanction Banks Over Indiscriminate Sack Of Workers

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has threatened to sanction banks, who sack workers indiscriminately, saying they ought to declare redundancy before taking such decisions. Mr Ngige, who resumed duty on Thursday alongside the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Tayo Alasoadura, said it was worrisome that workers were sacked without recourse to due process of disengagement. According to him, the ministry has introduced time frame of running agreements that have been reached with trade unions in order to make an insurable industrial climate. “We also have to monitor job loses, we also have to stem the tide of job losses through a proactive action from this ministry. “We were all here, when the bank started, we had to stop them because we looked into...
Chris Ngige Shows His Traditional Dance Moves
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Chris Ngige Shows His Traditional Dance Moves

Former senator and current minister of labour Dr Chris Ngige Dances traditionally to celebrate his reappointment as Minister. The Minister was one of the people reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue his work from where he stopped. Senator Ngige was seen in a joyous mood, as he was seen showing his dance skills traditionally in celebration of his reappointment. The senator, Chris Ngige showing off his traditional dancing skills to celebrate his re-appointment, says war with Labour now over. Watch The Video   View this post on Instagram   VIDEO: Ministerial Post: Chris Ngige Shows Off His Traditional Dancing Skills To Celebrate . Re-appointment; Ngige says war with Labour now over A p...
Orji Uzor Kalu Endorses Ahmed Lawan For Senate President
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Orji Uzor Kalu Endorses Ahmed Lawan For Senate President

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu has endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for the Position of Senate President in the 9th National Assembly. Lawan alongside the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, visited Chief Kalu at his Abuja residence on Sunday seeking his blessing for the 'Number 3' position in the Country. In a statement made available to Politics Nigeria, Chief Kalu announced his support for Lawan, who has been his longtime friend."Today, I endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan at my Abuja residence. Asides us being former class/roommates for over a year at the University of Maiduguri, I also believe our party's decision will ensure a smooth cohesion between the 9thNASS & the Executive for the best of Nigerians."Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan has been a Senator since May 2007 representing ...
My Neighbour And I Are Considering Suing NLC For Blocking My House – Ngige
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My Neighbour And I Are Considering Suing NLC For Blocking My House – Ngige

Chris Ngige, whose house was blocked by members of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, during a protest, has disclosed that he is considering suing the organized labour group with his neighbour.Speaking with State House correspondents on Thursday, May 9, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the minister said that blocking his house was an infringement on his fundamental human rights and that of his household, as they were all traumatized. Ngige who denied an alleged attack on NLC members at his house, further revealed that they arrived at his resident at 4:30 am in the morning. He further said that when security operatives accosted them, they discovered that it was the president of the NLC himself that came physically with two tankers, one laden with petrol and one half-full. The minist...
Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate To Reach 33.5% By 2020 – Ngige
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Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate To Reach 33.5% By 2020 – Ngige

Chris Ngige, Nigeria's Minister of Labour and Employment who spoke yesterday at the opening of a two-day workshop on Breaking the Resilience of High Unemployment Rate in the Country in Abuja, revealed that Nigeria’s unemployment rate is expected to reach 33.5% by 2020.Ngige who confirmed that the data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that Nigeria's unemployment rate could reach 33.5 percent by 2020, added that the high unemployment rate of 23.1 percent and underemployment of 16.6 percent by the National Bureau Statistics (NBS) of 2019 report is a source to worry. He said; “It is a worrisome status as the global poverty capital (World Bank, 2018); and concomitant high prevalence rate of crimes and criminalities, including mass murders, insurgency, militancy, armed r...
Embrace Carpentry, Plumbing – Labour Minister, Ngige Tells Nigerians
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Embrace Carpentry, Plumbing – Labour Minister, Ngige Tells Nigerians

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has advised Nigerians to carpentry, plumbing, and not focus only on white collar jobs. Ngige believes Nigeria’s high unemployment rate can be greatly reduced if more Nigerians embrace blue collar jobs that are largely neglected. He made this known during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The Minister noted that the Federal Government has an established vocational skills policy, but that Nigerians think blue collar jobs are beneath their status. He said; "It (unemployment) was an issue and that was why we did an advocacy and told people not to look at only the white collar jobs. There are blue collar jobs. Skills. You have to train your hands. You have to do plumbing, carpentry, tailoring. “...
Minister Of Labour And Employment Chris Ngige Reportedly Says Medical Doctors Are Free To Leave Nigeria
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Minister Of Labour And Employment Chris Ngige Reportedly Says Medical Doctors Are Free To Leave Nigeria

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has said that he is not bothered about medical doctors leaving Nigeria, to practice outside the country. Ngige who was a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, said the practice is not alien to Nigeria, because he was taught by Indians in secondary school. “I’m Not Worried, We Have Surplus (Doctors), if we have a surplus, we export. I was taught Biology and Chemistry by Indian teachers in my secondary school days. “They are surplus in their country. We have a surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. It is my area, we have excess. We have enough, more than enough, quote me,” he said. Ngige, when asked if nothing was wrong, owing to his position as a qualified medical doctor, said there was nothing wron...
Ministerial Appointments: Buhari Takes Candidates’ List Abroad For Vetting
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Ministerial Appointments: Buhari Takes Candidates’ List Abroad For Vetting

Barring last minutes changes, President Mohammadu Buhari is set to take a short leave abroad expressly to vet both ministerial performance audit report and a list of ministerial candidates with their curriculum vitae, (CV) Sunday INDEPENDENT reliably gathered over the weekend. As further learnt, the president is set to embark on total cleansing of the house with at least 80 percent of the current ministers and other federal appointees in his cabinet likely to go. It was also gathered that so far, only three ministers; Rotimi Amaechi, Chris Ngige, and Babtunde Raji Fashola are the most likely to reemerge in the new cabinet post May 29 after the president is sworn in for a second term. It is, however, unclear whether President Buhari will undertake the short working leave before...
Hoodlums Hired To Assassinate Chris Ngige, Arrested In Anambra
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Hoodlums Hired To Assassinate Chris Ngige, Arrested In Anambra

According to reports, some hoodlums who were allegedly hired to assassinate the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, have been apprehended. It was gathered that the thugs were nabbed over the weekend in Alor community in Anambra state (the minister's hometown) following the elections which was postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by one week. The suspects have since been transferred from Alor community to the state CID for further interrogation.
Federal Government Vows To End ASUU strike
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Federal Government Vows To End ASUU strike

The Federal Government yesterday promised to end ASUU strike as the Academic Staff Union of Universities also vowed to continue the strike, daily Trust reports. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige gave this assurance  at the resumed negotiation between the Federal Government and ASUU,  held  at the ministry of Labour and Employment. Ngige  said the President has directed him  to pass the night here until all issues that have kept students away from school are resolved and strike called off. He also said that  the president directed him to seek the understanding of  all sides, with  a view that the revenue of the federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office. The Minister further said President Bu...
FG Speaks on Proposed NLC Strike Action
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FG Speaks on Proposed NLC Strike Action

The Federal Government has reacted to the proposed Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC strike action on January 8 over the new national minimum wage.The Federal Government has scheduled a meeting with executives of the organized labour. The meeting is reported to hold on Friday, 5th of January, 3 days before the scheduled commencement of the strike. The President Muhammadu Buhari government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige invited executives of the organized labour for a meeting on Friday at the Conference Hall of the ministry. The statement said, “Towards nipping in the bud threat of national industrial action by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the transmission of the New National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly. “The Honourable Minister of ...
ASUU Strike : No End In Sight – ASUU Chairman
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ASUU Strike : No End In Sight – ASUU Chairman

The majority of the country’s federal and state universities are still reeling from the effects of the Sunday, November 4, directive of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to its members to embark on total and indefinite strike with immediate effect The marching order was the outcome of the deliberation of the NEC, which met at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State. Six weeks after, the various campuses across the country are looking like ghost towns as students were forced to go home. Since then, the students have been anxiously waiting for when the government and ASUU would resolve the issues in contention. Checks on campuses across the country showed that the lecture halls and libraries are empty while...
ASUU Strike: What Led To The Walkout Of The Union Members During The Meeting
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ASUU Strike: What Led To The Walkout Of The Union Members During The Meeting

Representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday staged a walkout from a meeting with a federal government delegation. The government delegation was led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige. Despite the walkout, Mr Ngige expressed optimism that the strike would soon be called off. The university lecturers embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, demanding improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government. The National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the union’s delegation to Monday’s meeting. The ASUU delegation arrived at the ministry at exactly 5:00 p.m. but no member of the federal government delegation was around as at this time. The government delegation led b...
ASUU Strike : Strike Will Soon Be Over Despite “Walk Out” By Union Members – FG
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ASUU Strike : Strike Will Soon Be Over Despite “Walk Out” By Union Members – FG

The minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has reported to news men and expressed that the over one month ASUU Strike will soon be called off. This is coming after the news report came stating that the union members walked out of the meeting during the last meeting on Monday 17th 2018. Before the walkout and at the start of the meeting, Mr Ngige told the lecturers that he hopes a consensus on most of the issues is reached at the end of the meeting. Mr Ngige, while speaking with journalists after the walkout, did not also state what the grievances of the lecturers were and what actually led to their work out adding that the lecturers were only dissatisfied with the decision reached. He, however, expressed optimism that the strike would be called off soon. He said neg...
Outcome Of Yesterday’s ASUU Meeting With FG
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Outcome Of Yesterday’s ASUU Meeting With FG

Another meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended on Monday night without an immediate resolution of the dispute. The meeting which held at the Federal Ministry of Labour was to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike by the university lecturers. At least four other meetings have been held between both parties before Monday’s since the strike commenced on November 4. While addressing journalists, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said the meeting has been adjourned to December 17. Mr Ngige said the federal government is taking all necessary steps to address ASUU’s demands. Mr Ngige had earlier appealed to the striking lecturers to ensure that Monday’s dialogue yields results that will lead to ...
₦30,000 Minimum Wage: Buhari, Governors’ Meeting Ends In Deadlock
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₦30,000 Minimum Wage: Buhari, Governors’ Meeting Ends In Deadlock

A meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Governor’s Forum to resolve the raging dispute over the proposed N30,000 National Minimum Wage ended in a deadlock on Monday in Abuja. The meeting took place at the Presidential Villa. The Chairman of the NGF, and Governor of Zamfara State, Mr Abdulazeez Yari, led a smaller team of governors to the meeting to speak for the Forum. Eyes Of Lagos gathered that, Those at the meeting included Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode; Kebbi State Governor, Mr Atiku Bagudu; and the Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, was also at the meeting. Recall that the majority of the 36 state governors had maintained that they could only afford to pay N22,500 as th...
ASUU: See Outcome Of Yesterday ASUU Meeting With Federal Government
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ASUU: See Outcome Of Yesterday ASUU Meeting With Federal Government

A meeting between the Nigerian government and university lecturers has ended Thursday evening without resolution of the nationwide strike by the teachers. The teachers said the strike which began on November 4 would continue. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called the strike over its demands for improved funding of universities and welfare of lecturers. Thursday’s meeting began 3p.m and ended 8:15 p.m. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said government’s discussion with ASUU will continue next week . Mr Ngige earlier said the meeting with the university teachers was late in coming due to the minimum wage negotiation. He appealed to ASUU to put the interests of student as who are at the receiving end into consideration. ASUU president,...
FG Rejects Governors’ N22,500 Minimum Wage Proposal
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FG Rejects Governors’ N22,500 Minimum Wage Proposal

The Federal Government has made it known it was not in support of the N22,500 minimum wage proposed by the Nigeria Governors Forum. The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, made the stance of the Federal Government known on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. He said, “The governors have not even done enough. I told them that this N22,500 was even rejected by the Federal Government,” he said. The NGF had stated that they were capable of paying Nigerian workers N22,500 as the new minimum wage as against the current N18,000. This is lower than the N30,000 proposed by labour. Ngige added, “The national minimum wage is a national legislation being driven by the Federal Government of Nigeria in pursuance to item 34 of the Exclusive Legislative list.”
‘Nigerian Workers Should Be Clapping For Us’ – FG
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‘Nigerian Workers Should Be Clapping For Us’ – FG

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says Nigerian workers should be clapping for the Buhari administration because it has done well for them.   Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, Ngige said the Buhari administration has been able to manage the welfare of workers in the country better than other administrations. “Many people will not remember very quickly. In the military government, at a time, there was an embargo on employment; even embargo on promotions. When people go, the vacancies are there and the monies are returned to the coffers of the government. We are not doing so and I thought Nigerian workers should be clapping for us for that. We are promoting them (workers) as we speak; we are replacing those who have left. In fact, when people leave ...
New Minimum Wage: Employee Can’t Fix Figure For Employer – FG Tells Labour
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New Minimum Wage: Employee Can’t Fix Figure For Employer – FG Tells Labour

The Federal Government (FG), has stated that the Nigerian Labour Congress cannot fix a figure to be paid for Federal Government as Minimum wage. Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, who said this when the new Director-General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, Timothy Olawale, visited his office on Friday in Abuja, called on Organised Labour to accept the new minimum wage proposal, considering the capacity and ability of the government and the private sector to pay. Recall that the Labour Minister before now, said that the Federal Government had offered to pay N24, 000 to the workers. However the labour leaders who were threatening to call out workers for full strike over the minimum wage issue countered his claims, saying that N30, 000 was the amount agreed on ...
‘I’m Surprised That Nigerians Are Not Clapping For President Buhari’ – Chris Ngige
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‘I’m Surprised That Nigerians Are Not Clapping For President Buhari’ – Chris Ngige

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment said Nigeria would have been in ruins if President Buhari was not elected to pilot the affairs of the country in 2015.   Ngige who spoke with journalists in Onitsha, Anambra State on Sunday said the All Progressives Congress met the country in tatters when it took over from the Peoples Democratic Party about three years ago.   He expressed surprised that Nigerians were not “clapping” for Buhari for reviving the economy of the country from what he called a state of comatose. Ngige said “Don’t just talk about that. We are wonderful with the economy; nobody, I mean no person would have done better than this present government in those two areas. I want you to take something away and that thing is that any other pers...
Ngige Dares Oshiomhole Again, Delays NSITF Board Inauguration
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Ngige Dares Oshiomhole Again, Delays NSITF Board Inauguration

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has again defied the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, by refusing to inaugurate the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund over a month after he promised to do so. Oshiomhole had on July 23, 2018, threatened to expel Ngige from the party for failing to set up the board over five months after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered all ministers to inaugurate boards of government agencies. The APC chairman had also alleged that Ngige was intentionally delaying the setting up of the board in order to retain the exclusive powers of awarding contracts from the agency which receives billions of naira monthly. In a letter, however, Ngige had promised to inaugurate the board of the NSITF bef...
Minimum Wage: No Longer Feasible, Committee, Governors Yet To Agree – Ngige Says
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Minimum Wage: No Longer Feasible, Committee, Governors Yet To Agree – Ngige Says

PUBLIC officers expecting to start enjoying enhanced minimum wage soon may have to wait longer as the federal government committee on the issue and the state governors were yet to arrive at acceptable figures. Minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige told reporters in Awka that although the committee was expected to conclude work on the new minimum wage by the end of this month, the date was no longer feasible because the final document had not been fine-tuned. He said: “I am the deputy chairman of the committee and I drive it. We have a timetable and we are expected to finish everything about it by the end of this August, but it is not attainable anymore because even in the committee, we have not agreed on any figure. “We could not agree on a figure because of t...
N50,000 NYSC Monthly Allowance Increase Is False, No Increment Yet – Ngige
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N50,000 NYSC Monthly Allowance Increase Is False, No Increment Yet – Ngige

Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has dismissed reports that the Federal Government was planning to increase the monthly allowance for youth corps members. Rumours had been rife weeks ago that the Federal Government was planning to increase the monthly allowance from N19,800 to N50,000, but Ngige has said there’s no truth in it. He said in a press briefing in Anambra that the Federal Government wouldn’t increase the allowance of corps members without first coming out with a minimum wage for the Nigerian workers. “No recommendation has come to the Federal Executive Council on this. The NYSC pay is on the sliding scale; the same sliding scale with the national minimum wage except that there is a top up; what is called top up on the national minimum wage is to make ...
New Minimum Wage Begins Before End Of Sept – FG
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New Minimum Wage Begins Before End Of Sept – FG

THE federal government has assured Nigeria Labour Congress and entire labour workforce that the new national minimum wage will commence, latest by end of September 2018. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, declared on Monday that the federal government would announce the new minimum wage before the end of the third quarter which is September. Ngige was speaking at the 40th Anniversary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja on Monday. The minister said “In furtherance to the determination by the federal government to attain the decent work agenda which involves opportunities for works that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in workplace, and social protection for families; there have been overtime, three minimum wage reviews and currentl...
Minister Chris Ngige Warns New Boards Against Funds Misappropriation
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Minister Chris Ngige Warns New Boards Against Funds Misappropriation

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has warned the newly inaugurated boards of parastatals under the ministry against misappropriation of funds. Ngige gave the warning while inaugurating three out of the five boards of parastatals under the ministry on Friday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the boards of parastatals that were inaugurated include National Directorate of Employment (NDE), National Productivity Centre (NPC) and Michael Imoudu Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS). The minister said that the warning has become imperative due to the recent misappropriation of N5 billion by the former board chairman and some staff of the Nigeria Insurance Trust Funds (NSITF). According to him, NSITF is one of the causalities of such misapp...
Presidency: New Minimum Wage Will Meet Economic Realities
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Presidency: New Minimum Wage Will Meet Economic Realities

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said the federal government is committed to ensuring that the new National Minimum Wage meets the present economic realities. Mustapha said this at a dinner and award night organised to mark the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) 40th anniversary celebration. The theme of the anniversary is: ‘thursday, Today and Tomorrow, National Unity and Social Justice.’ According to him, the federal government is conscious of the need to bring wages to meet economic realities. “It is in this regard that the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage was inaugurated to review the National Minimum Wage. “The committee is determined to complete its assignment before the end of this year. “I am confident that the outcome of ...
Nigerian Govt Says New Minimum Wage Will Meet Economic Realities
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Nigerian Govt Says New Minimum Wage Will Meet Economic Realities

Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), says the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that the new National Minimum Wage meets the present economic realities. Mr. Mustapha said this at a dinner and award night organised to mark the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) 40th Anniversary celebration. The theme of the anniversary is: “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, National Unity and Social Justice’’. According to him, the Federal Government is conscious of the need to bring wages to meet economic realities. “It is in this regard that the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage was inaugurated to review the National Minimum Wage. “The committee is determined to complete its assignment before the end of this year. “I am confident that the outcome o...