The crisis of the suspension of the Managing Director and other directors of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) is taking a new dimension as accusing fingers are being pointed at the supervising Minister, Senator Chris Ngige.
In a surprise move, one of the suspended directors has raised some pertinent questions as well as open a can of worms allegedly committed by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige.
The suspended Director Executive Director, Operations of the NSITF, Kemi Nelson, has in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleged that Dr Nigige took upo himself by inserting N1.2 billion into the 2020 budget of the Fund ostensibly as commission to contributors who are not expected to be paid since they are carrying out their scheduled and statutory functions.
Ms Nelson further said in the petition to the President that the Labour Minister is also keeping five SUVs belonging to the NSITF, in addition to the insertion of four others in the 2020 budget of the NSITF which were delivered to his house.
She requested for a thorough investigation, stressing that it is the only way the President would be able to unravel the sleaze perpetrated by the supervising Minister that has refused the Fund from functioning.
In the petition addressed to President Buhari, dated July 9, 2020, a copy which was seen by Forefront News, Nelson accused the Minister of having obtained an approval of the Board for the suspension of the directors of the NSITF through the back door.
She also said that the appointed acting Managing Director of the NSITF by the Minister has a case of forgery hanging on his head and was indeed penciled for dismissal since 2016 which the supervising minister has ignored and refused to approve.
Nelson said that Nigige surely has an ulterior motive in appointing such a man as the acting Managing Director of the NSITF all to achieve his desire of taking total control of the Fund.