SABOTAGE!! Sack NDDC interim management now -Ekeremadu

Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDP Enugu) has joined the call for the dissolution of the interim management of board of Niger Delta Development Commission set up by the minister of Niger Delta Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Sen Ekweremadu was commenting on a report presented before the confirmation of the substantive members of the commission by the senate. The former Deputy President of the senate raised the issue of having an interim management for NDDC while the process of confirmation and inauguration of a substantive board is in progress noting that the committee was an act of sabotage and should be set aside immediately.

President Muhammadu Buhari, had in a letter dated Oct 18, forwarded the list of the nominees for the board and management of the NDDC to senate. While the process was going on Sen. Akpabio announced an interim management with Dr Gbene Joy Nunieh as the Acting Managing Director.

 The senate had earlier rejected the nomination of Dr Joy Nunieh, nominee for Rivers, following her absence at the screening conducted by Senate Committee on Niger Delta

Nunieh, who currently serves on the interim committee overseeing activities of NDDC did not communicate to the Senate Committee on Niger Delta over her absence from the screening.

The confirmation of the 15 nominees followed the receipt of the report from the committee and consideration of same at the senate committee of the whole.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the committee Sen .Peter Nwaboshi (PDP Delta)said the nominees were screened and found suitable to serve on the board of the NDDC in accordance to section 2(2)( a) of the NDDC Act, 2000.

He, however, said the nominee for the Rivers did not appear for the screening adding that there was no official communication to the committee on reasons for her absent.

President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad lawan in his remark thanked the Senate particularly the committee on screening and confirmation of the nominees.

He urged the nominees to justify the trust bestowed on them by execution of projects for the people of the Niger Delta stating that the NDDC act does not recognized an IMC. He directed the governing board members and management, who were confirmed by the senate to resume immediately after President Muhammadu Buhari is notified of their confirmation

He said the nominees, when inaugurated should ensure value for money on projects given the unreputable narratives about NDDC.

The confirmed nominees are 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) as well as Delta representative, Prophet Jones Erue; Mr Victor Ekhator (Edo) and Nwogu Nwogu Abia.

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

North -West nominee Aisha Muhammed, from Kano, Ardo Zubairu representing North- East (Adamawa) and South West Representative Engr. Badmus Mutalib (Lagos).