“Those Complaining Of Hardship Are PDP Loyalists” – Chris Ngige


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said that Nigerians complaining of hardship in this present administration are PDP loyalists.

Dr. Ngige who made the remark during an interview with The Sun said Nigerians have  no reason to be unhappy with the APC government who are working hard towards the betterment of all Nigerians. He told the interviewer;

“I don’t know what you mean by hardship and those you call Nigerians. Are they the federal civil servants getting their monthly salaries as and when due? We don’t owe them, not even allowances and there is no reason they should be unhappy with the APC government. Are the okada riders among those complaining when they are making brisk businesses or the graduates we will soon address their problem of unemployment after the passage of the budget? Unemployment is the harbinger of Boko Haramism, harbinger of IPO­Bism, OPCism and militancy in the Niger Delta.”

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He said those complaining of hardship and protesting against the APC-led government are the  loyalists of the PDP, who no longer find public funds to steal.

“It is a scourge and serious disease condition that we must fight and that is why we are in this ministry and government. We have job creation programmes under the supervision of the Vice President and other inter-ministerial ones that will be rolled out very soon. By the time we roll out, more funds will be put into the economy. Let us warn that the funds are not for stealing. The only difference between APC and PDP is the stealing of the lots of floating funds.

 “Many of the elite were grabbing these floating funds and they are the ones protesting that they are not happy with the present government. Those complaining especially the elite are members or loyalists of the PDP. We are not bothered because we are going to continue with our common-people’s programme and I want to assure that the tide will soon change. So, we are waiting for the budget.”
Dr. Ngige reassured Nigerians that the tides will change as soon as the budget is approved by the National Assembly. He reminded Nigerians that it is not the executives that appropriate funds but the National Assembly. He said the executives have done their part  by “given them budget, done some alterations and amendments as needs be in areas where some people try to mutilate and we are waiting for now. Once they approve the budget as proposed, we roll out our programmes.”
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said on Sunday March 13, that the breakdown of the National Assembly’s budget would be published next week. According to him, the publication was in line with the anti-corruption stance of the 8th National Assembly.
He added that the senate would not cover any form of corruption but would partner with President  Buhari to ensure the success of the anti-corruption war.‎