President Buhari seeks Senate’s approval of NDDC Chairman, Board

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari has sought the Senate confirmation of Dr. Pius Odubu, former Edo State deputy governor as chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC and 15 others as members of its board.

The President’s request was contained in a letter, dated October 18, 2019 titled: “Confirmation of appointment of the board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)” and read by President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan during Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja.

Other nominees include Bernard O. Okumagba from Delta as the Managing Director; Engr. Otobong Ndem (Akwa Ibom) as Executive Director, Projects and Maxwell Oko (Bayelsa) as Executive Director, Finance and Admin.

They also include Prophet Jones Erue representing Delta State, Chief Victor Ekhalor (Edo), Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh (Rivers), Nwogu N. Nwogu (Abia), Theodore A. Allison (Bayelsa), Victor Antai (Akwa Ibom), Maurice Effiwatt (Cross River), Olugbenga Edema (Ondo), Hon. Uchegbu Chidiebere Kyrian representing Imo State.

The rest are Aisha Murtala Mohammed from Kano State representing North West, Shuaib Ardo Zubairu from Adamawa representing North East and Ambassador Abdullahi M. Bage from Nasarawa representing North Central on the board respectively.

The President’s letter reads: “In accordance with the provision of Section 2(2)(a) of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC (Establishment) Act, 2000, I write to forward, for confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the under listed nominees for appointment into the NDDC board, to occupy the positions indicated against their names.”

President Buhari, in the letter, however, expressed hope that “the Senate will consider and confirm the nominees in the usual expeditious manner”.

Senate President Dr. Lawan, later referred the letter to the Committee on NDDC, chaired by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, for the screening of the nominees and to report back in one week.