The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei has been rushed to a hospital after he slumped momentarily during a House of Representatives Committee hearing session. Some people were seen trying to revive him after it was noticed he was no longer concentrating as one of the House committee members was speaking. His head was closely tilting towards the table before him.
A break was declared by the House Committee after the session became rowdy as a result of the development.
The acting MD was said to have been ill and only granted the invitation of the House Committee after the Committee insisted he must appear in person. They had rejected the doctor's report attesting to his illness thus, mandating him to come before them.
Pictured above are Minister Godswill Akpabio and former MD NDDC, Joy Nunieh.
At the hearing session, the acting MD NDDC had earlier apologized to the House Committee on his attitude in a previous hearing.
Also present at the House Committee hearing is the Minister for the Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio.
The House Committee also specifically asked clarifications over a 1.5 billion Naira allegedly spent by the NDDC as Covid-19 palliatives, an amount the acting MD said was 1.32 billion Naira. The acting MD was reported to have earlier stated that the money was used to take care of 'themselves'.
There are now speculations as to whether the House Committee hearing session would continue or not.
Presently, a TV news confirms that the House Committee has decided to go on with the public hearing after the break.
Honourable Olubunmi Tunji Ojo, the initial head of the House Committee had also stepped down from the House Committee, urging anyone with credible proof of his alleged corruption to come forward with such. Another House Committee member chaired today's, 20th of July public hearing.
Honourable Olubunmi Tunji Ojo is pictured above.
Professor Pondei had walked out of a previous House Committee public hearing, after alleging that Honourable Olubunmi Tunji Ojo was corrupt. This 'walking out' was the attitude he was apologizing for.
It is quite unfortunately that the acting NDDC MD's health issues came up to obstruct his own aspect of the public hearing. As it stands now, the acting MD NDDC will have to be given the opportunity to give all his side of the story for fair hearings reasons. That can only happen when he is medically clear.
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