Senate probes NDDC over alleged job racketeering

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The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has launched a probe on the alleged job racketeering at the the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The chairman of the committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, revealed on Thursday that there were series of petitions by aggrieved job seekers from the Niger Delta region, alleging that the management of the NDDC did not allow them to undergo any form of any documentation despite being issued original letters of employment.

Akinyelure noted that one of the petitions, signed by a former deputy governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, alleged that employments into the NDDC were sold for various amounts depending on the financial strength of the applicant’s family.

According to him, “The former management of the NDDC carried out a lot of atrocities in that commission and our committee has advised Umana Umana and the new managing director to go deep and review all the issues.”

“There are original employment letters before our committee. Many letters were issued to qualified Nigerians after they had passes both written and oral interviews but they were not allowed to resume.”

He added that the committee had cleared the incumbent Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Umana, of the alleged job racketeering and all allegations contained in a separate petition that accused him of plotting to siphon N480billion NDDC funds lodged with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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