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Senate probes alleged job racketeering in NDDC, clears minister of fraud

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Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress

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

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The committee had also cleared the incumbent Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Umana, of the alleged job racketeering and all allegations contained in a petition.

The Minister was accused of plotting to siphon N480billion NDDC funds lodged with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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The chairman of the committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, made this known on Thursday while also disclosing that that there were series of petitions by aggrieved job seekers from the Niger Delta region against the management of the NDDC.

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.

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In his words, , “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.”

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He added that that accused him of plotting to siphon N480billion NDDC funds lodged with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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