NDDC Hearing Adjourned as MD Collapses During Reps Probe

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 20 – The ongoing probe of the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC),Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, by the House of Representatives, has been adjourned indefinitely after the NDDC boss collapsed during an intense interrogative session on Monday.

Today’s Echo gathers that Pondei passed out during a probing session of the House of Representatives committee on Monday.

Below is the video footage of the incident:

Responding to questions after the NDDC boss collapsed and was rushed out for medical attention, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed that he will not appear before the committee again.

The Speaker disclosed this at the resumption of the session following the adjournment due to collapse of Mr. Pondei. He noted that the committee will adopt the written response of the MD.

“There would be no need for the MD of NDDC to appear anymore since he has submitted a written response.

“I wish Mr. Pondei safe and speedy recovery and I have also sent the Medical Director of the National Assembly to follow up to ascertain the condition of the MD. Thank you very much and I, therefore, hand over to the current chairman of the Committee, Mr. Thomas Ereyitomi to continue with the hearing”.

A few days ago, President Muhamadu Buhari expressed his determination to follow through the ongoing investigation of the NDDC.

“I am determined to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta, in spite of the enormous national resources dedicated to this annually. This administration remains committed to bringing rapid, even and sustainable development to the region,” the president said via a tweet.

The ongoing probe of NDDC officials by the National Assembly has generated a series of controversies. On Thursday, the NDDC Managing Director, Prof Daniel Pondei, walked out on members of the House of Representatives.

Pondei questioned the credibility of the House Committee, saying the committee Chairman, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, was corrupt as he had benefited from award of contracts in the commission.

The ongoing probe has also led to a war of words between the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and a former acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Joy Nunieh, in which the latter accused the minister of sexual harassment, corruption, and abuse of office.

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