Buhari Names Pondei New NDDC Ag MD

Muhammadu Buhari

By Omololu Ogunmade

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja named Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei as the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Poindei replaces Joy Nunieh, who until her removal Wednesday, headed the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission in acting capacity.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari approved the enlargement of IMC from former membership of three to five.

Adesina listed the new five members of the committee to include: Pondei as the acting MD, Dr Cairo Ojougboh as Acting Executive Director (Projects); Mr Ibanga Bassey Etang, acting Executive Director (Finance and Administration); Mrs Caroline Nagbo (member); and Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, a former Vice-President with African Development Bank (member).

According to the statement, Pondei, the new NDDC boss, is a Professor of Medicine at the Niger Delta University, and former Provost, College of Health Sciences of the institution.

It added that the president had earlier approved that the Interim Management Committee would be in place till the forensic audit of the NDDC was concluded.