President Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of Niger Delta Board
Edwin Akwueh, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday asked the Senate to confirm the nomination of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
President Buhari’s letter which was read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, also requested the confirmation of the appointment of his Special Adviser on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as the substantive Chairman of the NDDC Board along with 15 others as members of the Board.
Other board members are Dimgba Erugba, State representative (Abia, South-East); Dr Ene Wilcox (Akwa Ibom, State Representative, South-South); Dr Pius Odudu (Edo, South-South); Hon. Gbenga Odegba (Ondo, South-West) and Engr. Anthony Ekene (Imo, South-East).
Also on the board list are Mr Onyekachi Dimgba (Rivers, South-South); Alhaji Mohammed Kabiru Abubakar (Zonal Representative, Nasarawa); Professor Tallen Mamma, SAN (North-East Representative, Adamawa); Sodique Sani (North-West, Zonal Representative); General Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere (Rtd) (Executive Director of Finance) and Charles Ogunmola (Executive Director Project, South-West).
It was gathered that Onochie beat Chief Albert Okumagba a nominee of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to clinch the position.
It would be recalled that President Buhari had, in October 2020, nominated Onochie as the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to represent Delta State but that nomination was rejected.