President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Barr. Joy Nunieh and replaced her with Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, a medical doctor.
The Presidency was silent on the reason for Nunieh’s sack.
Before her removal, Nunieh was all out to sanitise the operations of the interventionist agency. She had embarked on the verification of contracts awarded by the NDDC in the past few years.
Her failure to attend the screening of the Senate made the parliament to initially suspend the budget defence of NDDC.
The President has also approved the enlargement of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC from three to five.
The five members of the committee now include: Prof. Pondei; Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Acting Executive Director (Projects); Mr. Ibanga Bassey Etang, Ag. Executive Director (Finance and Administration); Mrs. Caroline Nagbo (Member); and Cecilia Akintomide, a former Vice President with African Development Bank, (Member).
Pondei, 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.
Buhari had earlier approved that the IMC would be in place till the forensic audit of the NDDC was concluded.
It would also be recalled that the President suspended the inauguration of the duly appointed board of the Commission, chaired by Dr. Pius Otubu to allow the interim management committee complete its assignment.