Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has ordered the immediate suspension of any recruitment exercise in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The minister who issued the order on behalf of the federal government also directed the suspension of handing over of appointment letters, documentation and all other processes connected to employment into the NDDC.

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The former Akwa Ibom State governor made this known in a statement issued on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong.

Akpabio gave the directive in a letter issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Didi Walson-Jack, to the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Dr. Akwagaga Enyia.

He said, “According to the Ministerial directive, the commission’s payroll should not accommodate any new employees and should revert to the status quo as at August 31, 2019, while he should be furnished within three days with a detailed report of any employment exercise being undertaken by the Commission.

“The letter said the suspension exercise is to subsist until a due process evaluation of the purported exercise is carried out by the Ministry in consultation with the two NDDC Committees of the National Assembly and sought prompt action of the Acting Managing Director on the matter.”

Recall that Akpabio during his first meeting with the management team of the NDDC led by Enyia read a Riot Act for them sit up because “it is not going to be business as usual.”

The Minister who put the indebtedness of the commission at over N2 trillion also said it would conduct a forensic audit and analysis of the money that came into the NDDC and how it was spent all the years.