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Ngige Was Not Booed In Enugu – Ministry

Posted: Aug 2, 2016 at 10:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has denied reports that Sen. Chris Ngige was booed at the South East zonal town hall meeting, which held in Enugu on Monday.
A statement by Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, said the report was a deliberate misrepresentation of a very successful town hall meeting during which Federal Government team took time to explain in-depth to the people of the zone, its challenges and roadmap to rebuilding Nigeria.
“Of course, the issue of national appointment is such a sensitive one and more often than not, loosens emotions. The Igbo are assertive, cognitive, hard working and independent-minded. They are republicans! But placed against the unfortunate prevailing ethos of self-pity, which Ngige severely cautioned against in Enugu, it is not out of place to see some nod against his explanations on the appointments so far made by the President. But certainly, he was not booed. The Igbo will disagree but will definitely not heckle at his leader. This is our tradition and is yet to be eroded.
“The Minister took on cardinal national issues and deconstructed same to his people vis-a-vis the policy and actions of the present administration.
“He spoke of state creation which the people of his zone honestly and justifiably crave, constitutional conferences – Abacha  (1995) Obasanjo (2004) Jonathan (2014) their recommendations and handicaps, restructuring and of course, the recipe for the strategic repositioning of the South East zone.”    
 According to the statement, “the delicate issue of federal appointments will expectedly rattle the wasp’s nest. As a former chief executive of a state in a presidential system, Ngige explained that appointment of personal staff ranging from Chief of Staff, Principal Secretary among others, was the prerogative of the CEO and most often were jobs given to die-hard loyalists.”
“He similarly explained that professionalism was the core issue always considered in the appointment of service chiefs. That some disagreed with the minister’s position on this issue does not in any way translate to being booed.
“In fact, the President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, while speaking on behalf of Igbo youths, commended Sen. Ngige for his courage and forthrightness in saying the truth as it is to Ndigbo,” the ministry added.