NDDC Chairmanship nominee promises proper re-positioning of the region

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


Chairmanship nominee on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. Dr. Pius Odubu has assured Nigerians that the incoming board if confirmed by the Senate will be committed to re-positioning the commission for the benefits of the people of the region in particular and Nigerians in general.

Dr. Odubu, a former deputy governor of Edo State, gave the assurance on Thursday, when he appeared for screening before the National Assembly joint Committee on Niger Delta in Abuja.

He, however, pointed out that the plan could only be realised with the effort and support  of the National Assembly joint Committee on NDDC.

“Looking at the calibre of people that Mr. President assembled to form this board this time around, I make bold to say that we intend to pursue aggressively to go accordingly to the core mandate of the NDDC Act. 

“We will embark on aggressive and even development of the Niger Delta area. We also wish to adopt a new system, that is we shall go the stakeholders meet with them, talk to them, get to know what their needs are and not the commission deciding the needs of the community.

“So we believe that the stakeholders will be carried along and you find out when the people are carried along you are bound to do well.

“We shall also engage in an aggressive monitoring by establishing a monitoring unit that will inspect every project of the commission to ensure that they delivered according to specifications. We will ensure that we pass to the state representatives plans of every project of the commission and they will go on project inspection.

“We will also ensure that there is due process, probity and accountability. We intend to do a lot on human development based on increasing level of youth recessiveness in the region.”

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, said the committee was mandated by the Senate to screen the nominees, following President Buhari’s request to confirm their appointment.

He said the senate would extend its tradition of asking the  nominees  who had legislative experience to be excused from questions and possibly take a bow.

Consequently, NDCC board chairman designate, Dr. Odubu and nominee for the post of  Managing Director, Mr. Benard Okumagba, were  excused from taking questions and were asked to take a bow in line with the tradition of National Assembly.

The nominee from Akwa Ibom, Mr. Otobong  Ndem was also excused from taking questions from the committee, after Senator Rochas Okorocha suggested that he  should be excused from taking questions given his legislative background.

Those that appeared for the screening on Thursday, included the Chairman, Dr. Pius Odubu (Edo), Managing Director, Bernard Okumagba (Delta), Executive Director Projects, Engr. Otobong Ndem (Akwa Ibom).

Executive Director Finance and Admin, Maxwell Okoh (Bayelsa); Delta State representative, Prophet Jones Erue; Mr Victor Ekhatar (Edo); Dr Joy Yimebe Nunieh (Rivers); and Nwogu Nwogu from Abia.

Others are Theodore Allison (Bayelsa); Victor Antai (Akwa Ibom); Maurice Effiwatt (Cross River), Olugbenga Elema (Ondo); Hon. Uchegbu Kyrian (Imo).

The nominee from  Northwest Aisha Muhammed, representing  from  Kano was unavoidably absent  at the screening as her screening would be conducted on a latter day.

Other nominees that appeared for the screening were Ardo Zubairu representing North East (Adamawa) and Southwest Representative Engr. Badmus Mutalib (Lagos).