The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says its acting Managing Director Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei has not been feeling well for two weeks.
Pondei passed out on Monday while being questioned by lawmakers investigating alleged mismanagement of funds up to the tune of N81.5 billion in the NDDC.
NDDC spokesman Charles Odili said in a statement on Monday night that Pondei was advised by his doctors against attending the House of Representatives Committee hearing in Abuja.
The statement read: “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.”