September 19, 2020

National House Speaker:Pondei will not appear before House committee Again.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, today has revealed that the Acting Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Kemebradikumo Pondei, who slumped at the ongoing investigative hearing, will no longer appear before the committee again.

The Speaker said that when he joined the committee after the resumption of the hearing, following the collapse of Pondei, while being interrogated by the lawmakers.

He said that the committee will accept the written response of the acting managing director.

The Speaker also wished to Pondei a safe and quick recovery.

He said: ”There would be no need for the MD of NDDC to appear anymore since he has submitted a written response.

I wish Mr. Pondei safe and speedy recovery and I have also sent the Medical Director of the National Assembly to follow up to ascertain the condition of the MD. Thank you very much and I, therefore, hand over to the current chairman of the committee, Mr. Thomas Ereyitomi, to continue with the hearing.”

He also added that” the decision by the Chairman, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, to recuse himself from the probe showed that the lawmakers were out to ensure a credible exercise”.