- Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei has been discharged from the hospital
- The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) slumped earlier today
- The incident was the number one trending topic on social media as Nigerians shared their thoughts on the issue
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Channels Television is reporting that the acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei has been discharged from the hospital.
Pondei was rushed to a medical facility after he slowly slumped on his desk on Monday, July 20 while being asked questions by the House of Representatives committee on NDDC.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, informed the gathering after the NDDC boss was led out, that his doctor and some medical officials in the National Assembly were attending to him.
Speaking afterwards, the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio acknowledged the help rendered to Pondei by Gbajabiamila.
It is expected that a medical report on Pondie's health will be released to the public after the incident that left many Nigerians talking.
The incident was the number one trending topic on social media as Nigerians shared their thoughts on the issue.
While some believe the NDDC boss was only acting, others say he should be checked thoroughly by medical professionals.
A journalist, Dyepkazah Shibayan, noted that the committee room was very hot before Pondei slumped.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “A lot of people are laughing at the fact that Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting MD of NDDC, passed out at a hearing room of the house of representatives because a panel is probing the commission. I was there before I was asked to leave.
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“Number one, the room is stuffy, I felt some discomfort at some point.
“Number two, the so-called lawmakers probing corruption can't find out why their ACs do not work?
“Saying Nigeria is a joke is an understatement.”
Another journalist, Fisayo Soyombo wrote on Twitter: “Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting MD of NDDC, fainted during today's hearing at the National Assembly.
“Nigerian public officials only faint or become sick during public hearings, police arrests and court trials on their financial dealings.
“Any other time, they're as fit as a fiddle.”
Pastor Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide, wrote on Twitter:
Before he slumped, Pondei had revealed that the NDDC spent N1.32 billion as ‘COVID-19 relief funds’ for staff, not N1.5 billion as earlier reported in the news.
He also disclosed that Niger Delta youths were given palliatives to help cushion the effect of the pandemic on the people.
According to him, the youths were idle and to avoid violence, they were paid.
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