Chris Nwabueze Ngige (born 8 August 1952) is a Nigerian politician and medical doctor who served as minister of Labour and Employment of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari's administration from 2015 to 2023.[3][4][5][6] He was elected Senator for Anambra Central Constituency in April 2011.[7] He was the governor of Anambra State[8] in Nigeria from May 2003 to March 2006 under the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[9][10]

Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment Nigeria[1][2]
In office
11 November 2015 – 29 May 2023
PresidentMuhammadu Buhari
Preceded byChukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu
Succeeded bySimon Lalong
Governor of Anambra State
In office
29 May 2003 – 17 March 2006
Preceded byChinwoke Mbadinuju
Succeeded byPeter Obi
Senator for Anambra Central
In office
6 June 2011 – 6 June 2015
Preceded byAnnie Okonkwo
Succeeded byUche Ekwunife
Personal details
Chris Nwabueze Ngige

(1952-08-08) 8 August 1952 (age 71)
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (APC)
Alma materUniversity of Nigeria Nsukka

Background edit

A medical doctor by profession, Ngige graduated from the University of Nigeria-Nsukka in 1979.[11][12] Chris immediately went into the civil service, serving at the National Assembly and state house clinics at different times. He retired in 1998 as a deputy director in the Federal Ministry of Health.[13]

Political career edit

Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige joined politics, becoming a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[14][15] In 1999, he was Assistant National Secretary and Zonal Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East region of Nigeria.[16]

In 2003, he was elected governor of Anambra State in controversial circumstances.[17][18] He quickly broke ranks with his political godfather, Chris Uba the brother of Andy Uba, after an unsuccessful attempt on 10 July 2003 to have him removed from office, through a fabricated letter of resignation which the state assembly accepted.[19] In August, 2006, an Election Tribunal led by Justice Nabaruma nullified Ngige's 2003 victory.[20] He appealed to the Nigerian Federal Court of Appeal, but the annulment was confirmed on 15 March 2006, in a judgment awarding victory to Peter Obi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).[21] No further appeals were possible, and Ngige accepted the judgment in good faith, calling on the people of Anambra to give their support to his successor.[22] Following Peter Obi's subsequent impeachment, Ngige attempted to participate in state governorship elections in April 2007, but was frustrated by the Independent National Electoral Commission[23] and federal 'disqualification', even after a Federal High Court had voided the disqualification. In the final event, Obi's impeachment was overturned anyway, and Obi served out his four years.[24] At the time, Ngige was also severely criticized for appearing naked at the dreaded Okija voodoo shrine during his campaign to be made governor.[25]

On 6 February 2010, Ngige again contested for the governorship of Anambra State.[26] Other notable politicians who contested with him included Andy Uba, Charles Soludo, Nicholas Ukachukwu, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, Ralph Nwosu, and the incumbent governor, Peter Obi. In all, there were 25 candidates for that election. Peter Obi won that election and started his second term as the governor of Anambra State.

In April 2011, Ngige ran for election for senator of Anambra Central, on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform.[27] After voting problems in some areas of the constituency on 9 April, the election in these areas was held on 25 April and Ngige was declared the winner over former Minister of Information and Communications Professor Dora Akunyili of the APGA, with 69,765 votes to Akunyili's 69,292.[7]

Ngige's tenure as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria came to an end following his defeat in the 2015 election by Hon. Mrs Uche Ekwunife who has been sworn in as the senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the current 8th National Assembly of Nigeria.

On 11 November 2015, Ngige was named minister of Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari.[28] In 2019, Chris Ngige was Nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as a returning minister for screening by the house of assembly.[29] On 21 August 2019, he was sworn in by the president[30] as the Minister of Labour and Employment[31]

On 19 April 2022, Ngige declared interest to run for the post of the President of the Republic of Nigeria under the All Progressive Congress (APC) banner. The experienced politician, who has served as Governor of Anambra State, Senator and Minister described himself as "jack of all trade and masters of all" [32]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Nwafor, Gloria (8 June 2022). "Union hails Ngige for ceding ambition to resolve education sector's crisis - Nigeria and World News". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  2. ^ Report, Agency (18 April 2022). "2023: Ngige joins presidential race". Premium Times Nigeria - Premium Times - Nigeria's leading online newspaper, delivering breaking news and deep investigative reports from Nigeria. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  3. ^ "ASUU'll call off strike soon, says Ngige". Punch Newspapers. 22 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  4. ^ "ASUU Strike Will Be Resolved Soon, Ngige Assures Nigerians | Channels Television". Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Ngige: FG will resolve issues on ASUU strike very soon". TheCable. 22 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  6. ^ Opejobi, Seun (22 June 2022). "ASUU strike to end soon - Labour minister, Ngige assures". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  7. ^ a b Nwanosike Onu (28 April 2011). "How Ngige floored Akunyili in Anambra Central". The Nation. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  8. ^ Jide Ajani; EmmanuelL Aziken (13 February 2011). "ntrigues stall Ribadu's choice of running mate". Vanguard. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  9. ^ "2023: Ngige roots for Southern president". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2 January 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  10. ^ "BREAKING: Ngige pulls out of presidential race, retains ministerial seat". Punch Newspapers. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  11. ^ Ezigbo, Onyebuchi (11 January 2020). "CHRIS NGIGE: I Married as an Overgrown Adult At 41". This Day. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  12. ^ "FOR THE RECORD: Official citations of Buhari's ministers, SGF - Premium Times Nigeria". 21 August 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  13. ^ Aziken, Emmanuel (14 November 2013). "Anambra: The four titans". Vanguard. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  14. ^ "The Honourable Minister – Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment". Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Ngige at 63: Celebrating an exception". 13 August 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Chris Ngige Biography and Detailed Profile". Politicians Data. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Nigerian States". Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  18. ^ "FOR THE RECORD: Official citations of Buhari's ministers, SGF - Premium Times Nigeria". 21 August 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  19. ^ Jason, Pini (4 September 2012). "State police and scare mongers (2)". Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  20. ^ "8 things to know about Chris Ngige". Pulse Nigeria. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  21. ^ "Anambra: The judgments so far". Vanguard News. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  23. ^ "Nigeria election 2019: Poll halted in last-minute drama". BBC News. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  24. ^ Ezekwere, Ijeoma (9 February 2007). "Nigeria reinstates impeached Anambra state governor". Reuters. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  25. ^ "'Okija Shrine: No longer a bee-hive of activities for politicians". Vanguard News. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  26. ^ "ANAMBRA 2010: Meet the candidates". Vanguard News. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  27. ^ "Ngige Wins Anambra Central Senatorial election". Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  28. ^ "See full list of Buhari's ministers and their portfolios". Vanguard News. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  29. ^ "Ministerial nominee: I left PDP when the vehicle was rickety, says Ngige". 25 July 2019.
  30. ^ "JUST IN: Full List: Buhari assigns portfolios to new Ministers". Oak TV Newstrack. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 26 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  31. ^ "Fashola gets Works as Ngige, Amaechi, Lai retain portfolios". The Nation Newspaper. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  32. ^ "2023 Election: Senator Chris Ngige Declares Interest to Contest for President". News About Nigeria. 19 April 2022.

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