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Senate Begins Investigation Of Job Racketeering In NDDC

The Senate has launched a job racketeering investigation at the National Defense College.

Newsonline indicates that the Nigerian Senate He launched an investigation into allegations of job extortion that rocked the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

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This was on the back of a Senate petition accusing the immediate former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Goodwill Akpabio and the administration of refusing to document seven duly appointed persons.

The seven job seekers were offered letters of appointment, but based on the documents, they were refused and they claimed in the petition that they had problems with the intervention agency as they were all from Ondo State.

The chairman of the Senate Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions Committee, Senator Ayo Akinilor, said the petition before his committee accused the ex-minister and former NDD administration in the past of deliberately denying job seekers job opportunities at the commission even after all requirements had been met.

He said Akpabio was accused of favoritism and tribalism in handling NDC affairs when he oversaw the agency.

The petitioners also alleged that the unnamed NDDC employees demanded a bribe of N2 million before they could be documented.

The Akinilor-led panel stated that the current Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Okon Umana was not part of the complaint as he had not yet been appointed at the time, while he was also cleared of all allegations in a separate petition and charged with conspiring to absorb NDDC funds of $480. Billion NDC deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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