Group calls for investigation into COVID-19 claims by NDDC officials

Mr Kolawole Johnson, the Head Directorate of Research, Strategy and Programmes of the Acts for Positive Transformation Initiative
Emeh Joy

A civil society group known as Act for Positive Transformation Initiative has called for the investigation of claims made by the officials of the Niger Delta Development Commission which says that some employees of the commission tested positive to COVID-19.

Mr Kolawole Johnson, the Head, Directorate of Research, Strategy and programmes of the organization made a statement on Sunday where he called on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Ministry of Health as well as the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to investigate the claim.

The statement read thus, "We submit that this whole ploy is meant to jeopardize the ongoing probe of the commission. Our curiosity is further heightened by the slow pace of work by the National Assembly. There must not be any political settlement on the wicked rape of the people's resources.

We also appeal to Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who doubles as the head of PTF on COVID-19 to compel NDDC to make available, names of officials they claim are positive."

The group also requested for further investigation into the death of the Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Ibang Etang who reportedly died of COVID-19.

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