The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has refuted claims by the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, that its staff members were locked out of the Digital Economy Complex, a temporary building housing the offices of the commission.
Recall that the Director-General of the NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had accused the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami, of ordering security operatives to chase out her staff out of their borrowed offices at the 5th floor of the Complex.
However, in a swift reaction through a statement signed by the NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, stated that Mr Pantami could not have sent armed men to drive the staff of the commission out of the Complex.
According to him, the building was undergoing security clearance as only known and identifiable persons are allowed to have access within the Complex.
“At this time, only NCC Staff were accredited to have access within this premises as required by the security officials,” the statement noted.
“All the properties belonging to the Diaspora Commission are safely warehoused in some of the Offices in the Complex. This is contrary to the position of the Director-General of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa that the removal of her Commission from the building was punitive.
“This is not the correct position and we agree with her that there are always challenges in every human activity but the unforeseen challenges that arose in this case are not different but require understanding of all concerned,” Mr Nkemadu added.
@DrIsaPantami . To refresh you Sir. Despite your denial.The Sec of the Commission seeking for calm .after Staff resumed for work and denied access to the 5th floor office of Nidcom.. Based on your instruction . Turned back by armed men. Haba!!!! pic.twitter.com/QGiIojMqyz
— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) May 24, 2020