NDDC probe: NASS may decide the fate of Akpabio, others today

Meeting session of the National Assembly (NASS)
Emeh Joy

The Senate and the House of Representatives may pass its verdict on the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement by the Interim Management Commission of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) today (Thursday).

A news correspondent confirmed on Wednesday that the House Committee on NDDC, which has been investigating the commission and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has scheduled submission of its report for Thursday.

The National Assembly was to embark on a two=month annual recess on Thursday. The committee on Monday adjourned the investigative hearing indefinitely.

The adjournment came after the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Daniel Pondei collapsed while being questioned by the panel and the Senator Godswill Akpabio appeared to be in a heated argument with the lawmakers during which he accused NASS of receiving 60% of contracts from the commission.

The moment acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei fainted during probe

The ultimatum will expire today (Thursday) as the House plans to hold its last sitting for the legislative year. A member of the committee who spoke to reporters on the grounds of anonymity said the panel planned to lay its report on before adjournment.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Benjamin Kalu confirmed the planned submission and said the report by the committee was being prepared.

A senator and member of the ad hoc committee investigating the NDDC also disclosed that the report by the panel was ready to be presented to the plenary on Thursday.

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