The Senate on Tuesday tasked its Committee on Niger Delta Affairs with beginning screening of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for president and 14 others as board members of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
President Buhari had on November 25 written to the Senate, seeking to confirm his special aid to new media, Loretta Ifene Onuchi of Delta State as chair and 14 others as board members of the NDDC.
The other nominees are Dimgba Erogba (Representative of Abia State), Dr. Im Wilkos Wells (Akwa Ibom State), Hon. Uruk Duc (Cross River), Dr. Pius Opoluko (Edo), Enger. Anthony Okan ((Imo), Hon. Gbenga Edema (Ondo) and Elekwachi Dinkpa (Rivers).
The rest are Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Abubakar (Representative of North Central Region), Alhaji Sule Eko Smee (North West), Professor Tahir Maman (North East), President Dr. Samuel Ogboko from Bayelsa State (Managing Director for two years, to complete the unexpired term of his predecessor in position), Major General Charles Ehrenfbiri of Edo (Executive Director of Finance) and Charles Ogunmola of Ondo (Executive Director of Projects), respectively.
The Leader of the Senate, Senator Ibrahim Jubeir (APC Sokoto East), read the executive message from President Buhari that the Supreme Legislative Council is considering the application for confirmation of appointment as Chair and members of the NDDC in accordance with the provisions of Section 2(2). (a) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Act, Cap N86 LFN.
Accordingly, the Speaker of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has referred the matter to the Niger Delta Affairs Committee for a quick examination and report to next week’s plenary session on Tuesday.
With Senator Nowabuchi absent from the Senate, the committee’s vice chair, Senator Paulos Amos (APC Gombe South), will chair the bid.
However, the committee did not specify a day for the examination.
Senate orders examination of Onochie and 14 others to the NDDC board