Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, has cried over 40 office equipment owned by NIDCOM which were locked up at the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, are yet to be released.
Abike Dabiri painfully disclosed that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami, ordered gunmen to do the evacuation without notice.
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Speaking Live at an NTA Network Programme, Abike Dabiri further revealed how suddenly it happened that seemed like a joke to her until she realized its more than three months they couldn’t have access to the office.
“Truly, the place was given to us by NCC, we all help each other. The NCC said there is a place we can settle in and just as we settled in; I was in Ethiopia when I got a call. I came back from Ethiopia on a Thursday, this happened on Tuesday, by Friday, when I went to the office, there were guns, gunmen took over the place, I thought it was a joke.
“Here is the thing: I’m a government employee, so is he (Pantami). It’s government business. Do I go on the street and start fighting him? So, I said I would take the higher ground. I decided that I’m not going to raise any dust about it. I have written to the appropriate authorities, I have complained officially.
“That place is still there, a whole floor is still vacant. As I speak with you, all our items are locked up in the NCC building. I don’t have computers, I don’t have printers, everything has been locked up”, she lamented.
According to a statement from the NCC Spokesperson, Dr Henry Nkemadu, he denied the allegation against the Commission as the Minister, Isa Patanmi, had never withdrawn the offer for NIDCOM to use the vacant space provided for them
However, the words of war are far from the end as NIDCOM alleged NCC but NCC denied the allegations.
In his statements, Nkemadu said the fifth floor available to NIDCOM had to be used by some department from NCC.
Nevertheless, Abike Dabiri made it known and clear that they hope after Covid-19 lockdown, the missing items and other locked up equipment will be provided.