The acting managing director, MD of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof Daniel Pondei, has stated that they spent N1.3 billion for COVID-19 palliatives and not N1.5 billion as widely publicised.
Earlier today, Prof Daniel Pondei fainted during a public hearing with members of the House of Representatives over alleged misuse of over N81 billion.
He was however revived after scores of NDDC officials including Dr Cairo Ojuogboh seated close to him promptly came his rescue.
Pondei was however ferried out of the venue of the investigative hearing chaired by the chairman of the House Committee on Niger Delta, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo at about 1.0 pm, The Guardian reports.
Before he fainted, Prof Daniel Pondei, was answering questions on the alleged misuse of funds in the NDDC.
Earlier this month, Pondei, reportedly admitted that the commission spent N1.5 billion for staff as ‘COVID-19 relief funds’.
Members of the House then asked today where he got the powers to spend such amount of money.
Responding to the question, Pondei said they didn’t spend N1.5 billion as widely reported, but N1.32 billion.
When asked where he got such powers to spend the huge amount of money, he said he would need to check on that as he couldn’t lie to them under oath.
Watch him speak below;
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Acting MD of #NDDC, Prof. Pondei tells members of the House of Representatives investigation committee that contrary to reports, it was N1.3 billion the Commission spent for the provision of COVID19 palliative for themselves and not N1.5 billion. On July 9, Pondei appeared before the Senate Investigative Committee where he said they used N1.5 billion to take care of themselves.