Two previous boards employed and promoted the legal services director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Peter Claver Okoro, and not the the Daniel pondei-led Interim Management Committee (IMC).
This is the reaction of the Commission through the director, Corporate Affairs, Mr Charles Odili, who said the attention of his office was drawn to a statement credited to one Mrs. Waaka Lebari, who alleged that the employment and promotion did no follow due process.
He said: “We also wish to state that at the time Okoro joined the NDDC, the position of Deputy Director Legal Services was vacant. Hence, it was advertised prompting interested candidates, including Okoro, to apply. He wrote the appropriate examination, passed and was subsequently interviewed before his employment.
“It is important to note that the entire exercise was backed by a Board resolution. The process was transparent as the exams took place at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RUST, while the oral interview was held at Protea Hotel, Port Harcourt.
“Before joining the NDDC, Okoro was an Assistant Director in the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, and he was adjudged the best candidate in the tests for the Deputy Director category.
“It is, therefore, diversionary to resort to attacking the credulity of our recruitment and promotion system.
“The management of the commission led by the Acting Managing Director, Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, operates with laid down rules and procedures. Our stakeholders should be rest assured that all our promotion exercises comply with the statutes establishing the commission and extant Public Service Rules.”
Mrs Lebari, writing on behalf of Joi Nunieh, had said Okoro was not qualified to write her a letter demanding refund of almost N2Bn spent for Lassa Fever, and pointed at steps taken to make the award of contract legitimate. .