ACTING Managing Director of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) Kemebradikumo Pondei will now not seem earlier than the Home of Representatives panel probing him the company’s Interim Administration Committee (IMC), Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, stated on Monday.
Talking after Prof Pondei was taken to a hospital after he fainted on the probe venue, Gbajabiamila directed the panel to make use of paperwork he already tendered to the panel to achieve its conclusion.
Prof Pondei, who’s the managing director of the company’s Interim Administration Committee (IMC), collapsed whereas he was being grilled by the panel over allegations bordering on the mismanagement of funds.
Wishing Pondei a fast restoration, the Speaker apologised over the poor situation of the listening to room which was stuffy.
He stated: “We want him nicely. I’ve been right here barely 5 minutes and I’m already sweating profusely. So, I do perceive and apologise to everyone right here for the poorly conducive environment. I wish to say at this level and make it clear, that it’s not an adversarial listening to. It’s not even inquisitorial.
“It’s a fact-finding mission for the individuals of Nigeria. Simply to make issues higher and we must always deal with this as such. Nobody is underneath inquisition. The actual fact should come out and that’s the reason the committee is doing what it’s doing.
“Due to these circumstances on this corridor, we don’t want to listen to farther from the appearing MD as a result of he has already submitted his written report. I believe you should use the paperwork to do the work that must be completed.
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“Ranging from the minister, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo and all the manager administrators – we’re sorry underneath the circumstances which you may have been invited and my members are underneath the identical circumstances. We want Mr Pondei all one of the best.”
Gbajabiamila counseled Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the probe panel, for recusing himself from the investigation.
“I wish to commend the chairman of the committee who this morning recused himself from being a part of the proceedings. It exhibits the extent of integrity of himself and by extension his committee and additional extension to the Home of Representatives. I consider he has set the stage for a good listening to,” the speaker stated.