Amb. Mulade made this known via a statement he personally signed and issued to newsmen in Warri yesterday, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
Mulade also congratulated the other board members for their appointments, maintaining that the proper development of the Niger Delta region, particularly the rural areas must be their topmost priority.
In his words: “I am truly elated with the appointment of Prof. Pondei. With his pedigree, I am confident that he will do the needful for the Commission and people of Niger Delta. He is a man that is dedicated and trusted as a Professor, former Provost, a former Ag. Dean of the Department, a member Board of the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme (BHIS), a past Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA ) and Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, National Committee on Research Grant of Bayelsa State. He has the required administrative knowledge to man that position.
“I sincerely want to thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for Appointing Prof. Pondei who is a core Niger Delta person from Bayelsa State; someone who knows the challenges of the creeks and the environmental degradation resulting from exploration activities to towns and villages across the oil producing states in Nigeria. So, with the pains and experience observed resulting from the underdevelopment of the creeks, villages and towns of the Niger delta region, he will make sure that developmental projects that can have meaningful impacts to the lives and wellbeing of the rural dwellers will not only be proposed but be delivered.”
Prof. Podei, the new Managing Director, is a professor of Medicine at the Niger Delta University and former Provost, College of Health Sciences of the Institution.
The appointment of Professor. Kemebradikumo Pondei as the new Ag. Managing Director to NDDC was contained in a statement released on Wednesday February 19, 2020 by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina.
The five members of the committee are now: Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, Ag. Managing Director, replacing Barr. Joy Numieh; Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Ag. Executive Director (Project); Ibanga Basey Etang, Ag. Executive Director (Finance and Administration); Caroline Nagbo (Member); and Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, a former Vice President with African Development Bank (Member).
Speaking further, Sheriff said, “I must also say that President Buhari and the Presidency has made good selections and appointment into NDDC this time” as he also charged them to deliver on the terms, regulations and schedules guiding their appointments.