Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); Dr. Joi Nunieh on Friday, 17th July, accused the Honorable Minister of Niger Delta; Sen. Godswill Akpabio of mismanaging and misappropriating the NDDC funds.
Recall that she was initially slated to appear before the panel in Abuja on Thursday, 16th July. But her movement was restricted following an early morning siege at her residence in Port Harcourt by armed police officers.
After taking the oath of truth as instructed by the Chairman of the House Committee of NDDC; Olubumi Tunji-Ojo, she proceeded to acknowledge the effort of the Governor of Rivers state; Nyesom Wike for his timely intervention and rescue in the hands of the ‘unknown’ policemen that broke into her house on Thursday.
Attending to the questions from the committee, Dr. Nunieh Debunked allegations of fraud and attempts to indignify the Commission. During the probe which was Televised live on ChannelsTv, she said she did not touch funds meant for the Niger Delta People. She also asserted that no contractor working for the commission can accuse her of collecting or receiving bribes. She accused the Minister of also forcing her to take unconventional oath and trying to malign her character.
The former M.D rounded off my making some important recommendations which included that a thorough Forensic Audit be carried out on the Commission by qualified hands; that the supervisory role of the commission be shifted away from the Ministry of Niger-Delta to the office of the SSG. Finally, the Procurement bureau be well strengthen that it will be effectively useful.
The House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has, in reaction, summoned the Minister and the Interim Managing Director of the NDDC; Sen. Godswill Akpabio and Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei respectively, to appear and make presentations before it on Monday, July 20, 2020. Recall that Prof. Pondei, on Thursday appeared before the committee but staged a walk out with fellow NDDC staff on the ground that Hon. Olubumi Tunji-Ojo can not superintendent on an issue that involves himself. Let’s see what happens again on Monday.