The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Thursday shut down its headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for two weeks after the death of its Acting Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Ibanga Bassey Etang, in the early hours of today.
Members of staff at the Headquarters have also been directed to proceed on two-week self isolation, without official explanations offered.
Although the cause of the Director’s death has not been officially ascertained, there were fears that he might have contracted the coronavirus, although some reports have alleged foul play.
Etang’s death came in the midst of forensic audit of the NDDC’s operations following a recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The internal memo ordering the sealing of the NDDC office henceforth was signed by Silas Anyawu, on behalf of the management.
He wrote: “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.”