By Ndu Samuel
After weeks of opposition to their appointment as board members of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), president Muhammadu Buhari has finally submitted the names of Okumagba, Erueh and others to the Senate for screening and approval.
The source who sighted the list hinted that there is ‘no much’ changes to the nominees earlier announced by the presidency almost two months ago.
Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan read Buhari’s letter at plenary.
Those whose names were announced by the Senate President as nominees are the Chairman, Dr. Pius Odubu (Edo); Managing Director, Bernard O. Okumagba (Delta); Executive Director Projects, Engr. Otobong Ndem (Akwa Ibom); Executive Director Finance and Admin, Maxwell Okoh (Bayelsa); Delta State representative, Prophet Jones Erue; Chief Victor Ekhatar (Edo); Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh (Rivers); and Nwogu Nwogu Abi’s.
Others are Theodore A. Allison (Bayelsa); Victor Antai (Akwa Ibom); Maurice Effiwatt (Cross River); Olugbenga Elema Ondo); Hon. Uchegbu Chidiebere Kyrian (Imo); Northwest Rep, Aisha Murtala Muhammed (Kano); Northeast Rep, Ardo Zubairu (Adamawa) and Southwest Rep, Engr. Badmus Mutalib (Lagos).
President Buhari had in August 27, 2019 dissolved the then acting board and appointed a 16-man new board of the NDDC with Dr. Pius Odubu from Edo State as the chairman.
The announcement of the new board had been greeted with protest from governors and other stakehomders from the Niger Delta region.