ASSOCIATION of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has joined the growing list of unions not comfortable with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige refusal to inaugurate the board of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF.

The association has therefore called on the minister to inaugurate the board without further delay, contending that the continuous delay in the inauguration of the board is unhealthy.

Speaking through its Secretary General Comrade Basir Lawal, ASCSN said “Some of us are not quite at ease with the development. When you listen to the labour minister, saying that there are some fraud discovered allegedly perpetrated by the last administration that there is need to look into it before a new board, when  you look into such argument one cannot fault it. When you also know that this alleged fraud was investigated by the EFCC and that some people have actually being charged to court over it, we expect government to synergize with all its  arms.

If there are  some infractions the Minister will still turn his findings to appropriate agency of government for prosecution, because the minister of labour cannot prosecute himself.

But we appeal that whatever they want to do to clean the place or bring some people to justice; they should fast track it, so that those appointed can be inaugurated. This will avoid a situation that looks  like hatred for some individuals which is being insinuated already in some quarters. We  don’t give room to such a thing because for government to appoint members of a board, and not inaugurate the board, it speaks volume.

So, if they feel that there is a problem, maybe they should not have named members of the board until they have finished whatever cleansing they want to do. As it is today, maybe they should inaugurate the board and let the board be part of the process of looking at the book of the past administration and do whatever cleansing that should be done. Inaugurating the board  is taking sometime and giving room for rumors flying here and there which is not good for the system.



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