Musician association alarmed over labour minister’s attempt to install parallel executive

The Performing Musicians Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN) led by Pretty Okafor, which recently conducted the National Executive Council Meeting of the Union which paved the way for the forthcoming National Delegates Conference.

Fresh elections which are to be held in October to usher in executives following the expiration of the tenure of the current Interim National Executive Caretaker Committee, led by Mr. pretty Okafor, has faulted the proposed or purported inauguration of a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of PMAN by the Labour and Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige.

Kenny Ama George, General Secretary of the association said in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, that, ‘’it has come to our notice that some people in their bid to evade justice in the fraudulent acquisition and sale of PMAN land in Abuja which is still under investigation by the Police Headquarters, appear to have found succor in the office of the Hon Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.’’

According to George, the inauguration of such a committee, ‘’can be described as abnormal and spurious as we still have pending law suits in different competent courts of jurisdiction, including those in the National Industrial Court, Federal High Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. ‘’

He maintained that as the only legitimate and subsisting PMAN leadership, we shall not allow the collective interest of Nigerian Musicians to be undermined by people whose hands are currently soiled in fraud and corruption.

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‘’The restraining order of the of the National Industrial Court dated June 15 in Suit No NCIN/272/2015, PMAN VS REGISTRAR OF TRADE UNIONS and 19 others. THE ORDER has restrained the Registrar of Trade Unions, the Director of Industrial Relations and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, therefore, it is shocking that the Minister to whom all documents in respect of the matter have been forwarded and appeal made for him to distance himself has decided to join forces with the defiant.”

He said that even as they knew about the clandestine plans long before now, they had to forward the appropriate documents to the Minister and pleaded with him to distance himself from the charade being orchestrated by the aforementioned people who have always been the bane of PMAN.

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‘’If it is true that the Minister has gone ahead to inaugurate the so-called committee, we shall not fail to invoke the appropriate sanctions against whoever is involved under the Nigerian laws except there’s no law any longer in Nigeria, it’s a question of time’’.

We are happy that we currently have a President in Nigeria who abhors fraud and corruption in all its ramification and he is aware of this matter and we believe that no minister under him is permitted to embrace corruption

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