Acting MD, NDDC, Passes Out While Testifying In House of Reps




The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Kemebradikumo Pondei,  passed out today, Monday, in the house of representatives.

He passed out while testifying before the panel during a session of  committee probing the commission.



Participants at the meeting made spirited effort to revive him. After he came around, he was taken out of the venue.

Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of the NDDC, walked out on the committee last week Thursday after alleging that Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the NDDC and Peter Nwaoboshi, his counterpart at the senate, of complicity in the fraud at the agency padded the 2019 budget of the commission.

He said the chairman cannot preside over a case. That, he had been fingered in the alleged fraud at the NDDC and so, cannot sit over the same matter in which he is an accused.

But, Tunji-Ojo had denied the allegation which he described as baseless, and challenged anyone with evidence to bring it forward.




He said:
"I am the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC in the House of Representatives and I say without equivocation that I do not have any contract whatsoever at the commission."

Tunji-Ojo has earlier being alleged to have been awarded a road contract by the NDDC, before the new interim management came on board.

His statement irked members of the committee which issued an arrest warrant against the NDDC acting MD and other members of the interim management committee.

It had earlier today reported that Tunji-Ojo withdrew from the session on Monday.

The panel subsequently adjourned the session for 30 minutes — though there was a motion that today’s session be adjourned till a future date.

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