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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shittu suspends Peter Jack, DG NITDA over misconduct



... Names Olatunji acting DG
The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu has suspended the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Peter Jack over an alleged misconduct, just as Dr. Vincent Olatunji has been appointed in acting capacity with immediate effect, reports ITRealms.

The Special Assistant Media to the Communications Minister, Mr. Vcitor Oluwadamilare confirmed this to ITRealms in a press statement Wednesday evening, saying that Mr. Jack’s suspension from office was indefinitely.

He explained that the suspension adduces its strength from avalanche of petitions in NITDA and subsequent preliminary findings of an Investigative Committee set up by the Ministry.

Oluwadamilare also said that these petitions against Mr. Jack are largely connected to illegal employments and procurements carried out allegedly in direct contraventions of civil service rules and procedure in the country.

Also, he explained that some of the findings of the Investigative Committee made up of three senior Ministry officials include unauthorised recruitment exercise of additional staff numbering 245 within the last seven months.

“As at 29th May 2015, NITDA only had a staff complement of 74. But from May, 2015 to 31st December, 2015, additional 245 staff were employed in questionable circumstances despite clear instruction from the Ministry directing suspension of employment in the agency,” the SA declared. 

He further said that these disclosures were deduced from the records provided by Mr. Jack, while he was unable to provide concrete evidence on whose authority the recruitment was embarked on and who granted him the authority for officials to be seconded to NITDA from other Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).

ITRealms gathered that the Ministry of Communications reportedly directed Mr. Jack to eschew the purported recruitment exercise held on 17th December, 2015, which was not adhered to under his leadership as Director-General.

In addition, he said, on alleged financial misdemeanour, the Committee had recommended the suspension to afford a thorough professional auditing of NITDA’s finances to determine the true state of the financial health of the agency.

In a related development, the Director, Corporate Strategy and Research, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, who has spent over 14 years in NITDA has been named the acting Director-General of the agency also with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the intended investigations.

 

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