Professor Daniel Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has suddenly become a name of interest to many Nigerians for a lot of reasons.
In this exclusive piece, Legit.ng brings to you some interesting facts about the embattled acting boss of the much-talked-about commission.
1. Pondei was appointed on Wednesday, February 19, as a replacement for Joi Nunieh, the former managing director of the NDDC following President Buhari's directive for a forensic audit of the commission as a result of allegations of financial corruption engulfing the body.
2. Pondei obtained degrees in Medicine at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and got his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Nottingham.
3. He was a student of Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers state and has been a teacher at the institution since 2001.
4. The medical practitioner had served in various capacities in the field, such as the acting head of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, and acting dean of the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences at the Niger Delta University, Delta state.
5. Pondei served as the chairman of the National Medical Association (NMA) in Bayelsa and was also head of the body's committee on research grant in the state.
6. He belongs to the Board of the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme (BHIS) representing public interest and has made a lot of publications with a special interest in infectious diseases.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NDDC's director of corporate affairs, Charles Odili, had given some revelation as to why Pondei slumped.
Odili, on Monday, July 20, disclosed that Pondei has been sick for two weeks and that his doctor had advised him to stay away from the panel.
Odili pointed out that Pondei ignored the warning of the doctor because he felt that his absence at the panel will be used against him.
He said: “The commission wishes to disclose that Prof Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks. This morning, his condition deteriorated, and his doctors advised against attending the hearing.”
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