LEGISLATURE

NDDC Probe: Committee Chairman Resigns_Ada Nkong

Chairman , house of representatives committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Olabunmi Tunji-Ojo,, has stepped down from the probe.

This follows a drama that ensured at the committees hearing last Thursday ,when Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of the NDDC, walked out on the committee saying that Tunji-Ojo and Peter Nwaoboshi, his counterpart at the senate, padded the 2019 budget of the commission.

Pondei and his team stormed out of the hearing, insisting that Tunji-Ojo, would not preside in view of the allegations.
According to him, Tunji-Ojo was involved in the alleged fraud at the NDDC and so, cannot sit over the same matter in which he is an accused.

His statement , did not go down well with members of the committee who issued an arrest warrant against the NDDC acting MD and other members of the interim management committee.

The chairman was alleged to have been awarded a road contract by the NDDC, before the new interim management came on board, an allegation he denied,describing it as baseless, and challenged anyone with evidence to bring it forward.

“I am the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC in the House of Representatives and I say without equivocation that I do not have any contract whatsoever at the commission,” Tunji-Ojo had said.

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