Buhari names new head for troubled NDDC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has named a new acting managing director for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The president named Kemebradikumo Pondei, a professor of medicine, as the new acting managing director.

Mr Pondei replaces Joy Nunieh who was also acting in that capacity.

According to a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the president said Mr Pondei will now head a five-member Interim Management Committee (IMC) for the NDDC which has been troubled by various corruption allegations and whose accounts is currently being audited.

President Buhari ordered the audit of the NDDC’s accounts last year, saying there is not much to show for the billions of naira spent by the agency.

PREMIUM TIMES has also published a series of investigative reports that show how NDDC projects in the Niger Delta are abandoned or nonexistence despite release of moneys for them.

The Niger Delta minister, Gods will Akpabio, whose ministry now oversees the NDDC also lamented the corruption in the agency saying it was treated like an ATM by its previous management.

Read Mr Adesina’s mail announcing the new leadership of NDDC below.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the enlargement of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from three to five.

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