The acting head of Nigeria’s Niger Delta Development Commission passed out while testifying before committee of the country’s federal House of Representatives on Monday morning
The probe panel sitting in the capital Abuja is conducting an investigative hearing into alleged mismanagement by the NDDC running into billions of dollars
Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, who was appointed acting Managing Director of the NDDC in February, passed out while giving an account of his tenure before the panel
Before fainting Pondei reportedly, failed in attempts to defend several itemized expenditure he authorized including $33.51million to provide COVID-19 palliative for members of the Commission, as well as, $16.5million payment to a communications company
He was being grilled on funds designated for students on the commission’s academic scholarship when he passed out
After he was resuscitated Pondei left the panel shortly afterwards as he continued to feel unwell feeling
Questions of of conflict of interest raised by Pondei on Thursday led to the chairman of the panel recusing himself before hearings began on Monday
The hearing continues
Pondei passed out after he failed to defend the $33.51million [N1.3 billion] he approved to provide COVID-19 palliative for members of the Commission. He also could not defend the $16.5million [N640 million], he approved to one clear point communications limited.
He was being asked about the money meant for students on scholarship when he passed out.
Following the incident, the hearing went into a 30 minute recess, while EMT’s attempted to revive the ailing man. He was taken out for medical attention.
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