As President Muhammadu Buhari beams its searchlight on Federal agencies and civil servants who has turned to millionaires overnight, one of the places overlooked despite endemic corruption is the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) led by Mr Peter Idabor.
Secret Reporters has gathered authoritatively that the Director General runs the agency on nepotism, favoritism and greed to amass wealth.
The Aniocha North Delta born commander has employed mainly people from his ethnic nationality, while the Director of Administration, Mrs Uche Okwechime, who is retiring from the service in few months time, also employed her Igbo people.
Any other person employed by the DG and is not from Delta is asked to change state of origin, so we learnt. This action of nepotism breached the Public Service Rule 020102 which clearly states that vacancies for employment should be advertised in the media.
In the case of application for senior post as stated by the public service rule 020207, the agency since Idabor’s administration has never published shortlisted names, but shrouded in secrecy.
Idabor is not just known to be a tribal lord but also jettison competence and experience for inexperience. In a particular zonal office is, a junior staff who is from his local government was promoted above a senior staff, for no justifiable reason against the Public Service Rule 020106.
According to our reliable sources, most of the female staff currently faces sexual harassment from the DG and other male directors who recommended them for employment. They are unable to speak out, since due process was not observed in employing them.
Despite money budgeted for vehicles and seats, there are currently none of such in many of the zones. Uyo just got a Hilux vehicle after writing numerous letters that they will ground activities if it is not done, while there are no seats and tables to work. The money for the vehicles we gathered was diverted to the personal purse of the DG and his cronies.
The Duty Tour Allowances of officers are yet to be paid them, despite the money made available, but allegedly diverted by Idabor and Mr B.O Akindele, who was formerly in charge of Warri zone but now in Abuja.
Another way through which money is stolen in NOSDRA is the refusal to pay the twenty eight days allowances for over three years to staff, while those with connection at the top have gotten theirs. Just like the 28 days allowances, staff who attended courses without ‘oga at the top’ has not been paid their money, as selective payment is made against the service rules.
Another money diverted by the DG was the 13th month for year 2014 which was released by the supervising ministry, but not paid, stated a source
…To be continued