The Ag. Executive Director of Finance and Administration of NDDC Mr Ibanga Bassey Etang is dead.
Etang, a former Chairman of Esit Eket Local Government, resigned his appointment as Special Assistant to Governor Emmanuel Udom on Projects on April 9, 2018 and formally registered with the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his Etebi Ward 7.
He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 19 as part of a five-member IMC led by Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei.
His office at the 6th floor of the Commission’s Corporate Headquarters was said to have remained locked in the morning of Thursday.
Following the death of Ibanga Bassey Etang, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) shut down its Headquarters in Port Harcourt for two weeks.
The closure of the Headquarters came as there were fears that Mr. Etang had died from complications of the novel coronavirus.
In a Memo signed by Silas Anyawu, the management 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 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.”
The EDFA’s death came amid the Senate setting up an ad hoc committee to probe the interim management committee of the NDDC over alleged mismanagement of N40 billion.