NIPC staff petitions minister, accuses executive secretary of fraud, incompetence, others

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Some staff of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) have petitioned the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, to call the Executive Secretary, Saratu Umar to order.

The workers accused their boss of gross incompetence, high-handedness, and fraud.

The NIPC was established to encourage, promote and coordinate investments in Nigeria.

But the agency, under Umar, is alleged to have fallen short of its mandate, with the ES accused of indulging in inimical acts.

In the petition dated November 28, 2022 and signed by Concerned Staff of NIPC, the workers listed numerous misdeeds of Umar.

They said the ES “wrongfully and maliciously” sacked one Mr Emeka Offor, the most senior director in the commission.

They also accused Umar of discarding and disregarding NIPC’s organisational structure, appointing her loyalists into unmerited positions.

They revealed how a certain Baba Imam was wrongfully forced to retire while the ES failed to hold management meetings.

Accusing Umar of high-handedness and wickedness, they lamented that the ES concluded plans to disengage all directors.

They, therefore, appealed to the minister to intervene to save the commission from further collapse.

The staff, however, warned that if nothing is done, they may resort to self-help.

Recalled that in 2015 Saratu Umar was sacked by Jonathan Administration for the same offences.
She is alleged to be banking on a “strong force” in Government from kwara state to perpetrate these inimical acts boasting that nobody can sack her this time.
Umar was sacked as the chief executive of NIPC in 2015 after a committee set up by the then minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, found series of administrative lapses, reported highhandedness and procedural gaps against her management team.

In his letter to then President Goodluck Jonathan, Aganga said Saratu failed to exhibit appropriate or any commendable competence in dealing with the administration of the NIPC.
All efforts to contact her proved abortive as she is not picking her calls.