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Again, Buhari sacks NDDC ag. CEO, appoints Akwa as interim administrator

By on December 13, 2020 0 131 Views

President Mohammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of an interim administrator for the intervention agency for the oil-producing areas of the country, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

President Buhari at the weekend approved the appointment of Effiong Okon Akwa as the new interim administrator for the commission

Until he was appointed over the weekend as the interim administrator of the intervention agency, he was the acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the agency.

Akwa will lead the commission through the period the ongoing forensic audit of the agency will be completed by the audit firm.

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In a statement signed by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, the appointment of an interim administrator to oversee the affairs of the commission became necessary following a plethora of litigation and a restraining order issued against the dissolved interim management committee of the agency.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had issued an injunction against the IMC overseeing the commission, causing confusion and calls from various stakeholders to call for the dissolution of the team and the appointment of new team to head the commission.

In February, President Buhari appointed Kemebradikumo Pondei, a professor of medicine at the Niger Delta University (NDU) as the acting managing director of the agency.

But his tenure has been dogged by controversy over the handling of the finance of the organisation, leading to a probe by the National Assembly over mismanagement of funds by the IMC.

Within a year, the NDDC has seen three interim administration running its affairs after the former Managing director resigned to contest for the governorship of Akwa Ibom in 2019.

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