- President Muhammadu Buhari has effected a major shake-up in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
- Apart from re-organising the NDDC's Interim Management Committee (IMC), President Buhari also appointed a new acting managing director of the commission, Kemebradikumo Pondei
- Pondei now becomes the replacement of Barr Joy Nunieh
The Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been re-organised by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, February 19.
President Buhari also appointed Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei as the new acting managing director of the commission who will take over from Barr Joy Nunieh.
Added to this, the president also increased the number of board members from three to five, The Nation reports.
Apart from Pondei, the names of the members are given below:
1. Cairo Ojougboh, acting executive director (projects)
2. Ibanga Bassey Etang, acting executive director (finance and administration);
3. Caroline Nagbo
4. Cecilia Bukola Akintomide
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, had said that the forensic audit of the NDDC by the administration of President Buhari was yielding positive results already.
Akpabio, speaking in Abuja on Friday, December 27, said that when the NDDC was finally cleansed and salvaged from its rot, it would be one of the greatest legacies and accomplishments of President Buhari.
The minister said that some of the organisations and even financial institutions who are indebted to the commission were beginning to make refunds.
He revealed that some of the bodies involved were given funds to make supplies but failed to do so over a long period of time.
Akpabio said: “Some have come to say they were given billions to supply things that they could not supply for one reason or the other, that the amounts of money are stuck in the banks.
“I know of a bank that came to say they have $70 million from 2006, one also came to say N170 million had been abandoned...they said they are ready to refund."
In another post, Legit.ng reported that more revelations were unfolding following the order of the president for a forensic audit of the commission.
There were claims and confirmed reports that many NDDC projects were left uncompleted in oil-rich states of the country due to non-release of funds by the then leadership of the commission.
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