It has emerged that the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, may get a soft landing in the House of Representatives’ inquiry into allegations of corruption at the Commission.
1st News has gathered that Pondei may not appear anymore to answer for his role in the ongoing N40 billion probe.
Indeed, sources told 1st News that the reprieve is set to come his way from the Speaker of the House; Femi Gbajabiamila. The development is set to come as a huge relief for the embattled NDDC MD; who caused a much publicised drama at the hearing on Monday, July 20 when he slumped mid-session.
Also, 1st News reports that the gesture by Gbajabiamila is borne out of concern for Pondei.
Equally important, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila has publicly empathised with Pondei, following his collapse during the session. Gbajabimila, who made a surprise appearance at the venue of the hearing on Monday in Abuja; also apologised for the poor ventilation in the hall.
The parliamentarian said that he had instructed doctors at the National Assembly to see to Pondei’s speedy recovery. Further, he stated that documents submitted by the ailing acting MD should be used to carry out further investigations.
Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila has insisted that the investigation was about fact finding. Furthermore, he stated that the facts must come out for the good of the Niger Delta people. Consequently, he wished Pondei speedy recovery and empathised with members of his family and entire NDDC family.
1st News had reported that Pondei on Monday slumped while appearing before the House Committee on Niger Delta. He had appeared alongside the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs; Godswill Akpabio at the ongoing hearing by the committee.
He collapsed during the hearing and was swiftly taken out for medical check.
The House of Representatives Committee on NDDC is probing alleged illegal spending by the Interim Management Committee of the commission; totalling N81.5bn between January and July 2020.