The development is contrary to the directive of the president as contained in the suspension letter addressed to the DG asking him to hand over the management of the agency to the next most senior official.
A copy of the letter, which was obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, was signed by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Sunday Akpan, and dated November 17, 2020.
It was a response to the president’s directive as contained in a letter addressed to the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu, by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the next most senior official in the agency after the suspended DG is the director of the department of Engineering Research Development and Production (ERDP), Edwin Oriaku.
But rather than hand over the administration of the institute to Mr Oriaku pending the conclusion of the investigations into the allegations levelled…