NDDC: Akpabio, Pondei Appear Before House Panel, As Chairman Recuses Self
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and the acting Managing Director of the Interim Managing Committee of Niger Delta Development Commission,
Kemebradikumo Pondei are currently appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.
The Chairman of the House of Reps Committee, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has recused himself from the hearings after allegations of corruption were directed against him
The Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Thomas Ereyi-Tobi, is presiding over the hearing after Tunji-Ojo’s exit.
The House of Representative Committee, is investigating alleged misappropriation of funds running into billions of naira in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The NDDC acting Managing Director, Pondei, had walked out of the hearing last week accusing Mr. Tunji Ojo of being an interested party in the probe.
Pondei had angered the lawmakers after walking out on them at the investigative hearing of the Committee.
He said the Commission cannot partake in an investigative hearing which is being presided over by the chairman of the committee who has been accused by the NDDC of hijacking the Commission’s projects.
Pondei was of the opinion that the NDDC will not get a fair hearing.
The Commission, however, refused to make presentations before the House Committee on NDDC.
The invitation of Akpabio and Pondei became necessary after the former acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Joi Nunieh, on Friday gave her testimony via zoom.
In her presentation which she made to the committee, she defended herself against allegations of corruption, arguing that there was no contractor that paid bribes.