By Ebi Perekeme
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) headquarters in Port Harcourt was shut on Thursday following the death of the agency’s Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Ibanga Etang.
He was a member of the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC).
Etang died at about 2 am on Thursday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after a brief illness.
Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Niger Delta, Mrs Deworitshe Patricia, said in a statement: “The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Godswill Akpabio, has directed the immediate temporary closure of the corporate headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Port Harcourt, as a result of a suspected outbreak of COVID-19.
“He has also advised all staff currently exhibiting symptoms not to panic, but to report to the nearest Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) centre in Port Harcourt for evaluation and possible treatment.
“Further actions shall be communicated as would be directed by NCDC.”
Etang, a former Chairman of Esit Eket Local Government, resigned as Special Assistant to Governor Emmanuel Udom on Projects on April 9, 2018.
Shortly after, he registered with the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his Etebi Ward 7.
President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him on February 19 as, part of a five-member IMC led by Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei.