Tony Akowe, Abuja
The Interim Administration Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NNDC) has stated the Appearing Managing Director, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, who slumped on the public listening to of the Home of Representatives Committee on NDDC on Monday, has truly been sick.
Pondei slumped whereas answering questions from members of the committee.
Director of Company Affairs of the Fee, Charles Obi Odili, in an announcement in Abuja stated the situation of the Appearing MD solely deteriorated throughout the listening to.
The assertion reads: “The Fee needs to reveal that Prof Pondei has been sick for the previous two weeks. This morning, his situation deteriorated, and his docs suggested towards attending the listening to.
“Nevertheless, he ignored his docs’ recommendation due to the realisation that his traducers will use his absence on the listening to to soil his identify and status.
“He thought he might make it via the listening to and care for his well being later. Because it turned out, his docs had been proper. Prof Pondei is in a secure situation at a clinic in Abuja.
“Given this incident the Fee needs to make the next: That Prof Prondei turned Ag Managing Director of NDDC on February 20, 2020.
“By Might 5, the 2 arms of the Nationwide Meeting ordered a probe of his tenure of precisely 74 days on the time, two third of which was spent underneath COVID-19 lockdown situations.
“Prof Pondei, because the Managing Director of the Fee, has an official responsibility to reply for the actions of the Fee like what occurred between 2008 – 2012 which is the topic of one other listening to primarily based on the auditor normal’s report for the interval.
“It could, nonetheless, be unfair to carry him personally responsible for acts which happened when he was not the top of the Fee.
“When the 2 arms of the Nationwide Meeting referred to as for a probe, it was over a lacking N40 billion. The Fee took the uncommon step of publishing all funds made by it underneath Prof Pondei. No organisation in Nigeria, public or non-public has ever obtained to that stage of transparency in our nationwide historical past.
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“As this publication undermined the claims of his accusers, the topic of the general public listening to modified to ‘monetary recklessness’. Whereas this would possibly seem insignificant, it amounted to altering the aim posts to smear a clear man. Whereas misappropriation of N40 billion is a matter demanding goal proof, the query of economic recklessness is one open to subjective judgement.
“The Fee is delighted that Hon Olubunmi Ojo, the Chairman of the Home of Representatives Committee on NDDC has recused himself from the listening to. On the finish of the day, everybody has to reply for his position within the misappropriation of the sources of the Fee.
“It’s this seek for solutions that led President Muhammadu Buhari, on the request of the 9 governors of the area, to institute a forensic audit to probe what occurred to the sources of the Fee from 2001 so far.
“The Prof Pondei led IMC has dedicated to the success of that train. Whereas we thought there can be a battle again by those that dipped their fingers within the cookie’s jar, we by no means anticipated this stage of boldness and malevolent aggression as witnessed by accusers at listening to and their paid brokers via all of the media platforms.
“The Fee is taking part on the listening to, though it thinks that seeing to the conclusion of the forensic audit will serve the way forward for the Fee and the Niger Delta area greater than the probe of 74 days of actions.”