President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei led expanded Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
In their place, President Buhari approved the appointment of Effiong Okon Akwa, the acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration of the commission, as the new Sole Admimistrator of the agency.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Saturday night, said Akwa would be in charge of the agency until the completion of the forensic audit ordered by the president. The exercise is expected to end in about 6 weeks time.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of an interim administrator to oversee the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC),” the statement read.
“He is Mr Effiong Okon Akwa, the Ag. Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission, who is to assume headship till completion of the forensic audit.
“Mr Akwa is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“The development became necessary as a result of plethora of litigation and a restraining order issued recently against the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC by a Federal High Court in Abuja.”
Buhari had appointed Pondei, a professor of medicine at the Niger Delta University (NDU), in February to succeed Gbene Joi Nunieh but his tenure was dogged with controversy.
On July, Pondei collapsed before Members of the National Assembly while answering questons over alleged misappropriation of about N40billion by the sacked IMC.
There have been plethora of court cases and allegations of corruption levelled against the ill-fated IMC including award of contracts against there public posture that such did not exist.
The Neighbourhood only last Thursday confirmed that the sacked IMC had awarded contracts on desilting.