Minister orders suspension of ‘secret’ employments in NDDC

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* Asks Ag CEO to comply with immediate effect

By Gladys Nweke

The ongoing employment exercise in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been termed ‘secret’ and ordered to be stopped. The Acting Managing Director, Dr/Mrs Akwangaga Enyia, has been told to comply immediately, according to Silver News sources.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio issued the directive for the NDDC to suspend employment into the Commission with immediate effect.

A statement obtained by our correspondent, yesterday, Friday October 4, signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Honourable Minister, Anietie Ekong, noted that the Minister also directed the suspension of issuance of any appointment letters to any one purported to have been employed.

Documentation and all other processes connected to employment into the Commission have also been put on hold.

The statement noted that Senator Akpabio gave the directive in a letter issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, to the Ag CEO.

According to the Ministerial directive, the Commission’s pay roll should not accommodate any new employees and should revert to the status quo as at August 31, 2019.

He mandated the NDDC to furnish him with a detailed report of any employment exercise being undertaken by the Commission within three days.

The letter said the suspension exercise is to subsist until a due process evaluation of the purported employment exercise is carried out by the Ministry in consultation with the two NDDC Committees of the National Assembly.

Efforts to speak with the management of NDDC at the time of filing this report proved abortive.

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