Reps Investigative Hearing On NDDC Stalled With Prof Pondei’s Walk Out


Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee (IMC) the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC)has walked out on the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.

The Commission on Thursday refused to make presentations before the House Committee on NDDC.

According to Professor Pondei, the Commission cannot partake an investigative hearing which is being presided over by the chairman of the committee who has been accused by the NDDC of hijacking the Commission’s projects.

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Professor Pondei was of the opinion that the NDDC will not get a fair hearing.

While other members of the Committee, including Benjamin Kali, Ben Ibakpa and Shehu Koko, were still making contribution on the issue, Pondei asked to be excused and walked out before the committee could grant or reject his request.

Following the NDDC’s action, the committee resolved to issue a warrant of arrest compelling Professor Pondei to appear before the lawmakers and make a proper submission.

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This development is coming up after armed security operatives on Thursday surrounded the home of former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The security operatives are said to have stormed the former NDDC MD’s residence in the early hours of the morning.

Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike reportedly moved to intervene in the stand-off and did resolve the issue.

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