Rumors that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) owes its security personnel more than six months’ wages have been refuted.
Dr. Pius Ughakpoteni, Director of Corporate Affairs for the NDDC, clarified the matter in a statement released on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
On Tuesday, commission-affiliated security personnel threatened to stage a nonviolent protest if their salaries weren’t paid.
Ughakpoteni asserted that the commission’s contractors, not the NDDC, were in charge of paying the salaries of the security personnel.
“We are aware of the media allegations saying that our security personnel had threatened to strike in protest of not receiving their monthly payments. We would like to make it clear that the commission hires security firms to protect our premises. These firms hire and pay security personnel to operate at our numerous offices. As stated in the media reports, these service providers are undoubtedly not owed for six months, he added.