NDDC Closes Down Headquarters As Executive Director Dies
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has closed down its headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, for two weeks following the death of Ibanga Bassey Etang, its acting Executive Director of Finance.
The memo was dated 28 May and signed by Silas Anyawu on behalf of the NDDC management
It was learnt that the late Etang may have died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the TheCable.
The NDDC in the memo advised all its staff to proceed on self-isolation for 14 days, adding that the office premises will be fumigated during the period of absence.
The memo read: “I am directed to inform all staff that management has approved that the commission be shut down for two weeks from today 28 May 2020.
“Consequently, all activities in the commission including ongoing matters are hereby shut down for the time being.
“Members of staff are to ensure that all electrical appliances in their offices are switched off before leaving the premises.
“The head security is by this memo directed to work out modalities to ensure the safety and security of the commission while director, the administration is requested to fumigate and decontaminate the entire offices and premises in the Headquarters during the period.
“Meanwhile staff are enjoined to go into self-isolation for two weeks as they await further directive from Management.”
Etang’s death occurred in the midst of the forensic audit of the commission’s activities from 2001 to 2019 as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in October last year.