The headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has shut down its operations on Thursday, May 28.
In an internal memo announcing the shutdown, the NDDC directed all its workers to go into self-isolation for two weeks.
This has created an impression of a COVID-19 scare within the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“All activities in the Commission including ongoing matters are hereby shut down for the time being
“The Head Security is by this memo directed to work out modalities to ensure the safety and security of the Commission while Director, Administration is requested to fumigate and decontaminate the entire offices and premises in the headquarters during the period,” the memo said.
The sudden closure of the NDDC headquarters has been attributed to the reported death of the acting director of finance in the commission, Ibanga Etang.
Meanwhile, a group, Ijaw Interest Advocate has called on the National Assembly not to drop the probe of the NDDC.
This is despite the closure of the commission’s headquarters over the death of Etang.
National Coordinator of IIA, also known as Izanzan Intellectual Camp, Amb. Arerebo Salaco, in a statement on Thursday; said the hope of the Niger Delta people now lies in the National Assembly, especially the senate committee probing the NDDC.
Salaco asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister for Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio.
The statement partly read, “The sudden death of the Executive Director of Finance and Administration (EDFA); Mr Ibang Etang, shouldn’t stop the probe.
“It’s a known public fact that two persons have died; the EDFA inclusive since the exposure of Godswill Akpabio and cronies mind-blowing looting and subsequent probing by the National Assembly.
“We implore President Buhari to heed the calls of the Niger Deltans and take back the NDDC supervision from Niger Delta Ministry to the presidency to avoid financial recklessness within a short period.
“NDDC has never experienced this kind of looting and desperation; since its inception hence Senator Akpabio must be sacked, arrested and investigated.”