The House of Representatives resumed investigative hearing on the alleged Misappropriation of funds meant to develop the Niger Delta Region with the Chairman of the Committee Hon. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo stepping aside for his deputy to preside over the session
There was however a mild drama as the Acting MD Daniel Pondei passed out while trying to answer questions as to how monies not budgeted for was spent under his watch.
He was asked to account for the sum of
1.5 billion naira for Covid 19 not captured in the 2019 budget
The lawmakers further asked how 641 million paid to clear point Communications and 536 million not budgeted paid for save lives campaign in the Niger Delta
Hon Iduma Igariweh from Ebonyi state further noted that Under section 80 of the 1999 constitution, they have the powers to oversight hence the need for the MD to answer questions from the lawmakers.
Responding Daniel Pondei said assured to provide documents to questions raised but in the process fainted and was rushed out
The drama disrupted the investigative hearing and forced the lawmakers to go for a thirty minutes break to resume much later
The house had moved a motion to probe the IMC led NDDC of the sum of 40 billion dollar and 81.5 billion naira expended for forensic audit approved by the House
A breakdown of the fund reads ;
That an Interim Management Committee of the NDDC Spent N81.5 billion as sundry expenses, including graduation ceremonies in the United Kingdom during lockdown?
Spent N3.14 billion for COVID-19 palliatives for staff.
Spent N1.3 billion on community relations
Spent N85.6million for travels during lockdown between February and May 2020
Spent N122.9 million on condolences between February – May 2020.
Spent N23.8million on consultancy.
Spent N2.6 billion on medicals,
Spent N790.9million as imprest,
Spent N1.9 billion on Laser fever
Spent N706 million on legal services
Spent N1.121billion on public communication