Slumped NDDC's MD, Pondei will not appear again before panel - Gbajabiamila.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that the Acting Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Kemebradikumo Pondei who slumped during the ongoing investigative hearing will not appear before the committee again.
The Speaker disclosed this at the resumption of the session following the adjournment due to collapse of Mr. Pondei. He noted that the committee will adopt the written response of the MD.w
Gbajabiamila was responding to questions after the NDDC boss collapsed and rushed out for medical attention
“There would be no need for the MD of NDDC to appear anymore since he has submitted a written response.
“I wish Mr. Pondei safe and speedy recovery and I have also sent the Medical Director of the National Assembly to follow up to ascertain the condition of the MD. Thank you very much and I, therefore, hand over to the current chairman of the Committee, Mr. Thomas Ereyitomi to continue with the hearing”.
NDDC probe: Pondei was auditioning for BBNaija - Omokri.
Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has described the video of the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei where he fainted during his appearance before the House of Representatives Committee as fake.
Pondei slumped while being grilled by members of the committee led by Thomas Ereyitomi over alleged financial mismanagement of the NDDC.
The acting MD was noticed to have fainted while one of the committee members was talking, which eventually disrupted the sitting as efforts were made to revive him.
Reacting, Omokri said that the drama displayed by Pondei shows that President Buhari’s administration is corrupt.
According to him, from the video making the rounds, Pondei raised his hand at some point.
The former presidential Spokesman mocking Pundei, said his drama looked like he was auditioning for Big Brother Naija, BBNaija.
Omokri on his Twitter page wrote: “Did the MD of the NDDC really faint? I doubt it. Watch as he used his hand to hold the guy trying to resuscitate him. Someone who ‘fainted’ doesn’t do that.
“Maybe the NDDC MD was auditioning for #BBNaija? I‘m a long-distance runner. I have seen people faint. No one faints and then puts up his hand to stop the person resuscitating him.
“When I said “under General @MBuhari corruption is official”, this is what I meant!”
NDDC: Buhari gets letter demanding Akpabio, Pondei, Ojuogboh's immediate sack.
Godwin Ojeh, a human rights lawyer, has written President Muhammadu Buhari demanding the immediate sack of Godswill Akpabio as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
In a copy of the letter made available to Newspot on Monday, the lawyer also appealed to the President to take necessary steps to end corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
By this, he urged the President to remove Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei and Cairo Ojuogboh from the NDDC Interim Management Committee, IMC.
‘’We passionately appeal to Your Excellency to curb the excesses of Mr. Akpabio by relieving him of the ministerial duties of the Niger Delta.
He has not been a good example for our people. The trending exchange of immoral accusations in the social media which focuses on the minister is a dent on the image of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” part of the letter reads.
In the letter, which was also addressed to the principal officers of the National Assembly, Ojeh urged the Nigerian leaders not to allow the NDDC to go the way of the defunct Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC).
He emphasized the objectives of the National Assembly Investigative hearing, calling on the legislators not to disappoint the people of the Niger Delta by removing the negative factors that may compromise the NDDC’s noble mission.
The Edo based lawyer pointed out that the ongoing probe of the expenditure by the IMC of the NDDC was not a witch-hunt, adding that the Commission was not the personal estate of Akpabio and members of the IMC
Joy Nunieh, a former Managing Director of the NDDC interim Management Committee, earlier this month, levelled allegations of corruption and highhandedness against Akpabio and members of the current IMC.
In reaction, Akpabio had tagged Nunieh as a woman with character problem.
Since then series of allegations and counter allegations have continued to emanate from the Ministry.
Malami has power to stop corruption cases – Aide.
The Special Adviser to the President on Anti-Corruption, Abiodun Aikomo, says the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has the power to stop any corruption case without recourse or explanation to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Aikomo, who works in the office of the AGF, said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme while responding to allegations that Malami had not been cooperating with anti-corruption agencies.
The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), had accused Malami of frustrating the war against corruption.
In his response, Aikomo said, “With due respect to Prof. Sagay, the constitutional powers to enter nolle prosequi (stop prosecution) has been given to the attorney-general. The attorney-general does not owe anybody any explanation; not even the President. And the Supreme Court has ruled on this several times.
“So, these powers are not something somebody can second guess. That is what we are talking about. The attorney general’s power to enter nolle prosequi is borne out of so many things and it is not a power that is at large. The constitution has circumscribed how the power should be used and I can say confidently that is how the attorney-general has exercised this power.”
On why the attorney-general had discontinued many corruption cases in court, Aikomo said there were many things that were usually considered before cases are allowed to go forward.
“There are so many things you are not privy to. There are so many considerations that you may never know and you will never know. Everything, the attorney-general knows. The attorney-general has an eagle view of issues in the prosecution arena. He coordinates all the activities of the prosecution in Nigeria,” the aide said.
Nasarawa: Governor Sule presents revised 2020 budget to assembly.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has presented a revised 2020 budget of N62.96billion to the state house of assembly for consideration and approval due to the effects of coronavirus on the economy.
Speaker of the House, Honourable Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, said that the revised budget tagged “Budget of Inclusive Development” was necessary because coronavirus pandemic has affected the socio-economic activities of the state, the country and the world at large.
According to the speaker, in furtherance of its support to Engineer Abdullahi Sule’s administration to succeed, the House had passed the 2020 appropriation amendment bill of the sum N62.96billion into first and second reading respectively.
The speaker said, “A bill for a law to amend the Nasarawa State 2020 appropriation bill of N62,968,348, 139.00 only for the services of Nasarawa State has scaled first and second reading at the House.
“The accelerated passage was due to the importance of the budget to the development of the state as a result of COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
“The recurrent expenditure is N31,943,912,285.00 billion only while the capital expenditure is N26,465,632,374.00 billion only and the consolidated revenue fund charges is N4,558,803,479.00 billion only,” he said.
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