The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the educational qualification of members of staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Uguru Usani gave the directive when he visited the commission on Friday in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the probe would expose those who sought employment with forged certificates.
“We have observed that there are several people working in NDDC with forged certificates, which is partly responsible for the bad image of the commission.
“Directors of the various departments in the commission are expected to submit the nominal roll of their respective departments to the NDDC Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, within one week.
“We will not tolerate any delay to this directive and as such, failure to submit the nominal roll on or before one week would lead to sanction.
“Any departmental head who signed for a ghost worker would face the music,” he said.
He added that political interference in the running of the commission would be resisted.
Managing Director of NDDC, Nsima Ekere, said the commission would partner the Ministry of Niger Delta to complete construction of the East-West road project.
“The strategy will be to harness private sector collaboration to complete the road project. The portions that have totally collapsed will be addressed immediately.
“We will involve multiple contractors, especially the Eleme-Refinery Junction Road, which is a strategic link to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
“The East-West road is also strategic because it connects Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states,” he said.