Buhari Fires Pondei, appoints interim administrator for NDDC

Buhari Fires Pondei, appoints interim administrator for NDDC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed an interim administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr Effiong Akwa.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to Mr. President on Media, Femi Adesina on Saturday.

Mr Akwa is the Commission’s Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration.

He is expected to assume leadership of the NDDC until the completion of the forensic audit ordered by the President.

Buhari in October 2019, ordered a forensic audit of the NDDC following persistent allegations of financial misappropriation within the agency.

The President further appointed Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, as Acting Managing Director of the NDDC in February.

Faced with allegations of misconduct, Pondei slumped in July during a House of Representatives committee hearing.

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The development came after a plethora of litigation and a restraining order issued recently against the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr Akwa’s appointment is expected to fill in the gap created by the legal restrictions, Mr Adesina said.

The new interim NDDC chief is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.