President Muhammadu Buhari has relieved Joi Nunieh of her position as acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In her place, President Buhari named a profession of medicine, Kemebradikumo D. Pondei, the new Ag. Managing Director, according to a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Wednesday morning.
With the development, the NDDC’s Interim Management Committee now has five members in addition with the three earlier appointed members excluding Nunieh, the sacked acting managing director.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the enlargement of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from three to five.
“The five members of the committee are now: Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, who is the Ag. Managing Director, replacing Barrister Joy Nunieh; Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Ag. Executive Director (Projects); Mr Ibanga Bassey Etang, Ag. Executive Director (Finance and Administration); Mrs Caroline Nagbo (Member); and Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, OON, a former Vice President with African Development Bank, (Member).
“Prof K.D Pondei, the new Ag. Managing Director, is a Professor of Medicine at the Niger Delta University, and former Provost, College of Health Sciences of the institution.
President Buhari had earlier approved that the Interim Management Committee would be in place till the forensic audit of the NDDC was concluded.
The sack of Nunieh comes barely a month after news about her alleged forged NYSC discharged certificate scandal surfaced.