Chairman of the Senate (@NGRSenate) Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, has called on the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Okon, to investigate accusations of employment racketeering within the NDDC.
Akinyelure posited that it is important for the Minister to investigate the allegations for accountability’s sake. He mentioned a case reported by a former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, alleging that certain employments within the NDDC were sold to the highest bidder.
He said, “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.
“Cases of Nigerians that had been shortchanged and disenfranchised from working in the agency of government should be given employment immediately.
“There are original employment letters before our committee. Many letters were issued to qualified Nigerians after they had passed both written and oral interviews, but they were not allowed to resume.
“We have their petitions before us, and the man from the NDDC that testified before the committee that the letters were genuine, was later sacked by the management.
“There were massive cases of employment racketeering in the NDDC. Those who have genuine letters were not documented because they were asked to go and pay money that they could not afford,” he added.