The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has advised the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to go for lectures so that he can be versed in little basic issues that guide public governance.
Reacting to the threat by the APC chairman to sack him for his failure to adhere to the party directive to inaugurate board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Ngige said the Comrade Oshiomhole needs to be versed in basic issues that guide public governance.
Oshiomhole has made an allegation that the minister’s failure to inaugurate the NSITF board, has given the minister opportunity to usurp the position of the board to award contract.
But in a swift reaction, Ngige said Oshiomhole is ignorant of the relevant laws, adding, “such a blatant falsehood is either on account of fatal ignorance or outright mischief or both by the originator as well as the peddlers.
It is therefore imperative that the provisions of the Procurement Act 2010 which is clear and unambiguous in the process for the award of contracts be re-emphasized.”Neither Minister nor Board can award Contracts in NSITF or any other Federal Board,” Ngige said: “It is our humble view therefore that those in authority should be versed in little basic issues that guide public governance so as to be properly guided in their utterances to avoid unnecessary character assassination and unfortunate misinformation of the general public.”