…as state chairman urges Ngige to ignore erring party members
By Onome Oghenetega
President Muhammadu Buhari has received commendation from the court upheld Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Delta State, Chief Cyril Ogodo, for appointing two of its members, Mr Austin Enajemo-Isire and Chief Frank Kokori, as chairmen, (NSITF) and Labour Training Institute, respectively.
The party also expressed gratitude to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, for facilitating both appointments through recommendation.
In a statement signed by the chairman, Chief Ogodo, he noted that the Minister’s gesture has highly motivated the party.
Urging the labour Minister to disregard “baseless issues” being raised by some “trouble makers claiming to be Delta APC members,” he wondered why they seek to query Dr. Ngige for not appointing Kokori as the NSITF boss.
The statement further noted that with the president’s determination to nip corruption in the bud, the means of some persons carrying out fraud has been squashed.
“APC Delta is grateful to the Honorable Minister of Labour and Productivity, HE Chris Ngige for recommending our two party men to Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari for appointment. We are also deeply appreciative of Mr President for approving their appointments.
“We wonder what is their special interest in NSITF that this group of persons would prefer to force the hand of the Minister on who to appoint to chair the fund.
“The era of NSITF being a cash cow for fraud is over. This is the era of President Buhari, an era of fight against corruption. We therefore acknowledge the efforts of the Minister for the clean up at the NSITF and the appointment of an industry professional to chair the NSITF. We also appreciate the need to appoint Chief Kokori, a foremost labour veteran to the chair of the Ilorin based Labour training institute.
“We call on all genuine APC members in Delta State to join in appreciation of the Minister and to support our Chairmen appointees in their assigned portfolios. We also call on our erring party members from continuing giving Delta APC a bad name of ingratitude and disunity.
“We want to use this opportunity to plead with the Honorable Minister not to take offense as Delta APC is not prepared to lose any of the two appointments as a result of contrived rascality by unknown elements,” the statement concluded.