NDDC N40bn scandal: More revelations made against IMC

The Senate had set up an Adhoc seven-man committee to investigate IMC financial transactions, amounting to N40bn.
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

More allegations have been made about the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)'s embattled Interim Management Committee (IMC).

The Senate had set up an Adhoc seven-man committee to investigate IMC financial transactions, amounting to N40bn.

In a statement by Richard Arinze on Sunday, on behalf of a group of workers concerned, IMC was accused of continuing to desecrate the administrative guidelines for government-owned institutions as provided for in the rules on the recruitment, promotion and discipline of civil service.

It said that while the compulsory leave and retirement left some workers a few weeks ago created a great deal of furore, the IMC continued to promote workers without interview

He said,

“It is interesting that the IMC has tried to spin the story of the sack of the senior staff from those who held top offices and could compromise the audit to those who have been indicted by the EFCC.

“The questions to ask are: At what point were these staffers indicted by the EFCC? When did the EFCC investigate the said staff or the NDDC during which they were indicted? How did the so-called forensic audit firm get to be the one advising the IMC that staff of the agency have been indicted? The minister and his IMC are pathological liars who bend the truth at every opportunity to perfect their selfish agenda at the NDDC.

“Some senior staff who were asked to go have just a few years left in service. Public Service Rule (PSR) No 020810 provides for the retirement of a civil servant who has attained the age of 60 years or 35 years in service but the IMC directed civil servants who have two more years or less to stay in service to proceed on compulsory retirement.

“The IMC first gave the impression that it only asked the affected staff to go on paid leave for the duration of the so-called forensic-audit. And then a fresh reason surfaced: some of those asked to go have been indicted by the EFCC! Does Pondei know the meaning of Indictment?

“How can someone indicted for so long, a civil servant, still be in office? Even if that were so, under Rule 030301 of Section 3 of PSR which deals with misconduct, an officer must be informed in writing of the specific act of wrongdoing or the improper behaviour inimical to the image of the organization charged against him which must be investigated.

“Yet the latest is the arbitrary promotion of staff at the NDDC, with letters distributed to staff between April and early May 2020, without formal tests or interviews as have been the practice.

“While the Civil Service Rules/Guidelines which guide Ministries Departments and Agencies in the public sector provide that staff on Grade Levels 8 – 14 must spend three years on a position before promotion and those on Levels 15 – 17 four years, this rule has been thrashed by the interim management who even gave their favoured staff who have not spent the prescribed number of years double promotion, all without interview or assessment test.

“What the minister has established at the NDDC using his rubberstamp IMC are two classes of staff – those who are favoured by Akpabio because they have been recruited for his personal agenda and the rest of us who dutifully follow our jobs without eye service.

“What we have experienced is that the NDDC today is run by a four man clique,”

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