The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Prof. Keme Pondei was sick two weeks before he appeared before the House of Representatives committee probing the activities of the commission on Monday.

According to a statement signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili and sent to ALSC, Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks and his condition deteriorated Monday morning necessitating his doctor’s to advise against attending the hearing. He however ignored his doctor’s advice on his state of health.

“The commission wishes to disclose that Prof Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks. This morning, his condition deteriorated, and his doctors advised against attending the hearing.

“However, he ignored his doctors’ advice because of the realisation that his traducers will use his absence at the hearing to soil his name and reputation. He thought he could make it through the hearing and take care of his health later. As it turned out, his doctors were right. Prof Pondei is in a stable condition at a clinic in Abuja,” the statement said.

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