Just this afternoon, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari announced on his official social media handles, he has approved the enlargement of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) with the appointment of Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei as the new Ag. Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), replacing Barrister Joy Nunieh. He wrote;
“I have approved the enlargement of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from three to five.
The five members of the committee are now:
Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, who is the Ag. Managing Director, replacing Barrister Joy Nunieh;
Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Ag. Executive Director (Projects);
Mr Ibanga Bassey Etang, Ag. Executive Director (Finance and Administration);
Mrs Caroline Nagbo (Member); and
Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, OON, a former Vice President with African Development Bank, (Member).
The Interim Management Committee will be in place till the forensic audit of the NDDC is concluded”.
It could be recalled that, some time last week, an information was leaked by a whistle blower in the commission where the sacked Ag MD, Mrs. Joy appropriated a huge and questionable sum of #400 and something million naira as monthly imprest for herself in the commission. This outrageous act by Mrs. Joy has breed controversies as to why someone who was appointed into the board to help and sanitize the commission could be such insensitive to the current plight of the country. Hence, her sack may not be unconnected to that.
Meanwhile, other members of the committee still retain their position as only the Ag MD was sacked.