Buhari sacks NDDC boss, re-jigs board

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei as the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

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Professor Pondei is to take over from the present Acting Managing Director, Barrister Joy Nunieh.

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The president also increased the number of interim committee members from three to five. They are Dr Cairo Ojougboh, executive director (Projects); Mr Ibanga Bassey Etang, executive director (Finance and Administration); Mrs Caroline Nagbo (member) and Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, a former Vice President with African Development Bank (member).

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A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the enlargement of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission from three to five. The new acting managing director is a professor of medicine at the Niger Delta University, and former provost, College of Health Sciences of the institution.’’

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The interim management committee would be in place till the forensic audit of the NDDC is concluded.

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President Buhari had, in October, 2019, ordered a forensic audit of the operations of NDDC from 2001 to 2019, following persistent criticisms of its operations.

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