The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) now have Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei as the new Acting MD (Acting Managing Director).
He replaces Dr. Joi Nunieh, a lawyer, who has chaired the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) from the beginning.
Pondei is a professor of medicine at the Niger Delta University and former dean of the institution’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
A statement released on Wednesday by the special adviser to the president of media and advertising, Femi Adesina, gave no reason to replace Nunieh.
The statement says: “President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the NDDC’s BMI from three to five.
“President Buhari reorganized the NDDC’s BMI, replacing Barr Joi Nunieh with Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei as acting managing director.
“The President also increased the number of committee members from three to five, including Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Acting Executive Director (Projects); Ibanga Bassey Etang, Acting Executive Director (Finance and Administration); Caroline Nagbo (Member); and Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, OON, former vice president of the African Development Bank, (Member).
“President Buhari had previously approved that the IMC would be in effect until the NDDC forensic audit was completed.”
Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio, who appointed the IMC, said last December 9 that the NDDC governing the council was yet to open because there was an error in its composition.
He said the composition of the council is being revised, although the members are confirmed by the Senate.
The Senate, on November 5, confirmed 15 candidates for President Buhari and rejected one.
Akpabio’s chief press secretary, Aniete Ekong, said there were problems with the board’s designee that needed to be resolved.
According to him, according to the NDDC Law, it was the Delta State’s turn to produce the president, instead of the Edo State, where the then-designated president was from.