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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has declared that the South-Eastern part of Nigeria is fairly represented and accorded its due entitlements by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government while insisting that the marginalisation cries cannot be justified.
In a detailed manner, the minister rubbished claims of lopsided appointment by the Buhari-led government, insisting that Igbos have enjoyed key appointments in the past.
The former Governor made the claims when he spoke at an emergency stakeholders meeting of the Association of Eze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and Abuja over the weekend.
Ngige, however, admitted some of those in the FEC do not understand how the government works.
The minister insisted that the Southeast have produced an Inspector General of Police, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federal among other key positions in the past.
He said: ‘We are in the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which is composed of a minister per state.
‘But we have one extra ministerial slot. So, the South East is effectively represented to ensure justice is done to the region.
‘People can say that we are not honoured with appointments of Inspector-General of Police, Chief of Army Staff and Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF). These are positions we have enjoyed before in Nigeria.
‘Southeast produced two Inspectors-General of Police (IGPs), Ogbonnaya Onovo and Mike Okiro. We had an SGF, Senator Pius Anyim. We also produced four Senate Presidents. Twice we produced Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker, Ike Ekweremadu and Emeka Ihedioha respectively.’
He noted that those named above were in charge of federal budgets for eight years.
Ngige stressed that the talk about the Southeast being marginalized in the area of ‘appointments’ was a ‘matter of perception’ and not reality.
‘A lot of them don’t understand how government works. A lot of them don’t understand that I, as a member of FEC can influence things that will come to my State, my zone, or any other area and where we think things should be sited or done in Nigeria,’ he added.
THE EASTERN UPDATES