NDDC crisis: Pondei’s aide on special duties resigns

NDDC crisis: Pondei’s aide on special duties resigns

- As the brouhaha over the alleged corruption in the NDDC continues, a top official, Olomu Micheal, has dropped his resignation letter

- Olomu's reason for resigning, according to him, was in his best interest

- The official who said he served diligently wished the commission well

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Olomu Micheal, a senior special assistant on special duties to Kemeberadikumo Pondei, the acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has resigned his appointment at the commission.

Michael said his decision to take a bow was in his best interest, PM News reports.

This was disclosed in a letter dated July 20, 2020, addressed to the acting managing director of the Niger Delta agency.

According to him, he served the commission to the best of his ability and did so diligently.

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NDDC crisis: Pondei’s aide on special duties resigns

Micheal expressed appreciation Pondei, who recently fainted during a probe, for affording him the opportunity to serve under him. Photo Credit: The Guardian
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The resignation letter read: “I wish to formally inform you of my decision to resign my appointment as Senior Special Assistant Special Duties 1 at NDDC.

“In executing the responsibilities of my office, I have in my best capacity served the interest of the commission and carried out my obligations to her diligently.

“I have resolved that it is in my best interest to take a bow at this point in time."

He thanked the acting managing director for giving him the opportunity to serve, while also wishing the commission all the best as he moves to another phase of his life.

The NDDC has been embroiled in crisis following allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds.

Legit.ng had reported that Isa Sadiq Raddah, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), made another revelation as the corruption probe into the commission hit a new dimension.

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Speaking at a workshop in Sokoto, Raddah, who is also a member of the commission's forensic audit committee, said about 12,000 projects which were paid for through the agency were abandoned.

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The PACAC member further added that 1,700 contractors got mobilisation fees from NDDC and vanished without executing the projects.

Meanwhile, the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice of the Nigerian Senate to sack the NDDC management.

The Nigerian Senate had on Thursday, July 23, asked the president to as a matter of urgency sack the Pondei-led interim management committee of the NDDC over alleged financial recklessness.

In a statement to journalists, the CSGGG commended the Senate for its resolution.

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