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Drama As NDDC MD, Pondei, Slumps During Reps Committee Interrogation (Video)

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The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Daniel Pondei, slumped Monday during interrogation by the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.

He was promptly rushed to the hospital.

Mr Pondei was answering questions posed by lawmakers when he slumped..



He appeared before the lawmakers who are probing the finances of the NDDC.

Mr Pondei’s unfortunate incident may lead to an extension of the probe which was initially slated for two days but is currently on its fourth day.

On Monday, a lawmaker, Shehu Koko, had asked Mr Pondei to explain the N642 million paid to a company known as Clear Point Communication.

The lawmaker also asked the NDDC chief to explain the N536 million paid to Save Life Campaign in the oil-rich region and to prove that they were all budgeted for in the 2019 Appropriation Act.

Mr Pondei told the lawmakers that N642 million paid to Clear Point Communication to train locals and to help locate and identify NDDC projects in the area.

He, however, could not confirm that the payments were budgeted for, asking the lawmakers to give him time to provide the budget.


In the process, he collapsed, sweating profusely and was rushed out of the venue of the hearing.

The hearing was then adjourned for 30 minutes.

When the hearing resumed, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Majority Leader Alhassan Doguwa joined the committee members to continue with the sitting.

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