COVID-19: NDDC Shuts Down, Directs Staff to Go on 2- Week Isolation


The office of the Niger Delta Development Commission has been shut for two weeks effective Thursday (today) due to reasons allegedly the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to an internal memo signed by Silas Anyanwu, which was sent to all staff members, all activities in the commission, including ongoing matters, have been shutdown for the time being. 

Athough the memo which was obtained by The Politico did not clearly state the reasons for shutting down the commission, it, however,  directed all staff to go on a two week isolation.

The management also directed the Head of Security to work out modalities to ensure the security and safety of the commission. 

It also requested the Director, Administration, to fumigate and decontaminate the entire offices and premises in the headquarters during the two week. 

Recall that acting Executive Director of Finance of the commission, Ibanga Bassey Etang, had reportedly died in the early hours of today in a hospital in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 

As of the time of filing this report, the cause of his death was yet unknown to the public but a source in the know confided in our reporter that as soon as his death was confirmed, his corpse was wheeled to the ‘COVID-19 Section’ in the hospital. 

It’s not clear yet why the commission decided to shut down its offices in Port Harcourt and calling for fumigation and decontamination of the place when it is not yet ascertained that Etang died of COVID-19. 

The commission has been under intense probe for the past few weeks now over allegations of sleaze in the commission..