Breaking : Acting NDDC MD, Daniel Pondei Collapses, During Reps Committee Interrogation

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The news now is that the acting Chairman of NDDC IMC Professor Daniel Pondei just collapsed.

As Probe Committee on 30 minutes break

Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Daniel Pondei, appeared to faint as the House of Representatives committee on NDDC grilled him on Monday.

The committee is in its fourth day of public hearing as it investigates alleged financial misappropriation at the agency.

Pondei had been grilled for over an hour and when he slowly slumped over his desk, appearing too faint.

Once he was spotted, several people present at the hearing rushed to his aid, propping him up and attempting to stabilise him, with the proceedings halted.

He then appeared to be in a seizure with a man, holding open his mouth as others held him upright. After he appeared to regain and lose composure intermittently, he was moved out of the session.

Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Daniel Pondei appears to faint on Monday during interrogation on Monday.
Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Daniel Pondei appears to faint on Monday during interrogation on Monday.

The development led to a brief discussion about the next step to take. A move to have the session adjourned was shouted before the Deputy Chairman of the Committee called for a 30-minute recess.

Lawmakers investigating corruption allegations in the NDDC had on Friday summoned Pondei and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to appear before them today (Monday) as the country sought to understand how budgetary allocations to the agency had been spent.

The controversy had seen strong allegations of corruption traded between the Minister and the former MD of the NDDC, Joi Nunei, who appeared before the lawmakers via Zoom on Friday.

 

 

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The House of Representatives Committee on Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has begun its day of public hearing as it investigates alleged financial misappropriation at the agency.

The committee is scheduled to grill the Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio and acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Daniel Pondei.

Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Daniel Pondei is still under questioning by committee members.

NDDC MD, Pondei, slumps during Reps Committee interrogation.

12:44: “I don’t want to lie under oath, but I will provide the answer,” Pondei says in reply to grilling by the committee on how he got authorisation to spend N1.32bn for COVID-19 palliatives.

The acting NDDC MD had earlier corrected a committee member on the exact figure of the COVID-19 intervention figure. N1.32bn, not N1.5bn, Pondei said.

12:37: Pondei begins to lay out his defense.

According to him, scholarship payments are being processed.

“The forensic audit is ongoing. I won’t comment on that. The NDDC doesn’t have jurisdiction over the audit. We only provide the necessary documents for it.”

“We promoted staff when we came in because morale was low.”

He describes the allegations made against him as a media trial.

12:35: Hon. Thomas Ereyi-Tobi, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, gives Prof. Pondei the green light to “go ahead with your presentation.”

12:29: “We should be allowed to debunk the allegations made against us,” Pondei says.

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