December 4, 2022

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Senate probes NDDC over job racketeering


The Senate via its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions  has begun an intensive investigation into alleged job racketeering rocking the Niger Delta Growth Fee( NDDC). 

The probe follows a petition accusing the speedy previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and the Administration of the 

interventionist company of refusing to doc the appointments of seven job seekers from Ondo State who legitimately utilized and had been duly issued letters of employment to work within the Fee. 

Addressing journalists in his workplace on Thursday, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP Ondo Central) mentioned the petition earlier than his Committee had accused the previous Minister and speedy previous Administration of NDDC of intentionally denying job seekers alternatives to work within the Fee even after assembly  all the necessities. 

Akinyelure disclosed that the petition additional accused NDDC officers of demanding bribe as much as the tune of N2 million from job seekers to have their employments documented or have their slots offered to highest bidders. 

He  nevertheless mentioned the present Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Umana Okon Umana, just isn’t in anyway linked to the  alleged job racketeering simply as he  exonerated  Umana   of all allegations contained in a separate petition that accused him of plotting to siphon N480 billion NDDC funds lodged with the Central Financial institution of Nigeria(CBN). 

The Senate Committee had final month  prolonged invitation to the Minister to come back ahead and supply explanations to the weighty allegations which included alleged plot to interchange the erstwhile Sole Administrator, Effiong Akwa, a refusal to represent the NDDC Board and makes an attempt to withhold the budgets of the fee from 2021 to 2023 away from the scrutiny of the Nationwide Meeting. 

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Akinyelure mentioned the Senate Committee met with the Minister behind closed doorways and was happy together with his submissions on all of the allegations leveled towards him. 

He mentioned his Committee grew to become much more tolerable to the Minister’s assurances to resolve different excellent points after the presentation of the budgets of NDDC earlier than the Senate on Wednesday coupled with strikes by President Muhammadu Buhari to represent a brand new Board for the Fee. 

Akinyelure’s Committee subsequently referred to as on the Minister to have a look into the problem of alleged job racketeering contained in the NDDC.