Some staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) last Monday stopped attempts by some members of the former board of the agency sacked by President Mohammadu Buhari to cart way some sensitive documents from the commission’s headquarters.
Some staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) last Monday stopped attempts by some members of the former board of the agency sacked by President Mohammadu Buhari to cart way some sensitive documents from the commission’s headquarters along Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
Sources from the commission intimated our correspondent that about 3 PM Monday afternoon two former members of the sacked board, who were formally served with their sack letters on Friday July 24, arrived the commission premises and went straight to their respective offices.
According to sources from the commission, the former board members, who showed up in their offices are the Executive Projects, Engr.Tuoyo Omatsuli and Executive, Director Finance and Administration, Dr. Henry Ogiri. The presence of the duo caused tension and agitation in the commission headquarters as their presence the staff alleged could not be in the overall interest of the commission and region as they had powers to offer contracts to a certain amount b virtue of their offices.
Our correspondent gathered that the NDDC Managing Director, Barrister Bassey Dan-Abia, who is the only member of the former board, who is not affected by the dissolution of the board was not in the office when the former board members stormed the commission.
The staff alleged that the former executive directors might have come with the intention of tampering with some official documents as well as awarding and backdating contracts asked their colleagues, who are working directly with them not to cooperate, take instructions from them or give them access to files and sensitive documents.
The commission staff also alleged that some of their welfare packages and payments that are still awaiting management implementation may never get to the workers if the former board members are given access to official documents.
The agitated staff, our correspondent gathered, put the security men on alert and asked that nobody, staff or visitor, no matter his position should be allowed to leave the premises with any official documents belonging to the commission. Also all vehicles and persons leaving the premises must be thoroughly search, no matter who is the occupant, driver or person is.
Our correspondent was told some of the staff went to the generator house and put off the generating sets so that the executive directors will not have access to the commission’s computers and data base.
At the Projects Department, An Assistant Director refused to released some files and contract documents to one of the executive directors, when he was asked to do so by his immediate boss.
Efforts to get the commission response about presence of the Executive Directors in their offices after their board were dissolved were unfruitful as the NDDC Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Ibitoye Abosede, did not pick his calls or response to text messages.
-Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt