‘You Cannot Expel Me From APC’ – Ngige Dares Oshiomhole

‘You Cannot Expel Me From APC’ – Ngige Dares Oshiomhole
Chris Ngige has dared Adams Oshiomhole to sack him
Chris Ngige has dared Adams Oshiomhole to sack him

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has responded to the threat of expulsion from the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, saying that the former Edo State governor cannot expel him from the party.
Ngige and Oshiomhole got into a spat when the APC Chairman vowed to expel him and Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika for failing to constitute boards under their ministries.
Oshiomhole had specifically accused Ngige of failing to inaugurate the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), because he was awarding contracts which were against the laws, and vowed to make sure the minister is expelled from the party.
However, Ngige has refuted the accusation, saying that Oshiomhole was ignorant of procurement laws as he was not a member of the ministerial tenders board for the award of contracts does not award contracts.
Speaking in a statement signed by the Director of Press in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, Ngige said anyone accusing him of failing to inaugurate the board of the NSITF because he was awarding contracts was just ignorant of the procurement act.
He clarified that the Ministerial Tenders Board (MTB) for the award of contracts in any ministry is made up of the permanent secretary as chairman and his directors, while in the parastatals, the parastatals tenders board consists of the chief executive officer (Director General or Managing Director) and his directors.
The statement read in part:
“When the threshold of the award is above a parastatal, such contracts are referred to the MTB for final approval. Such also is the case with the Ministerial Tenders Board threshold which is referred to the Bureau for Public Procurement and from there, to the Council of Ministers called the Federal Executive Council for treatment and ratification.
So in effect, the Federal Executive Council is not a contract awarding body and hence Ministers do not award contracts. 
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.
Once more, the Honourable minister wishes to state that the reason for the delayed inauguration of the Board of the NSITF was to enable the Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up to probe a frightening degree of corruption amounting to over 48 billion Naira out of which N5billion disappeared in a day without vouchers, complete its assignment.
The panel has submitted its report while the committee implementing the same report is already empaneled. It will finish its work very soon to pave the way for the inauguration of the Board of Directors.”

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