Senate confirms Odubu, Okumagba as NDDC chairman, MD

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The Senate yesterday confirmed the appointment of Dr. Pius Odubu and Bernard Okumagba as chairman and managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The lawmakers, who also confirmed 13 other nominees as members of the board of the commission, however, turned down President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee from Rivers State, Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh, for alleged failure to appear before the committee on NDDC.

Nunieh’s rejection followed consideration and adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta presented by its chairman, Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North) at plenary yesterday.

The lawmakers, who also confirmed 13 other nominees as members of the board of the commission, however, turned down President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee from Rivers State, Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh, for alleged failure to appear before the committee on NDDC.

Nwaoboshi had declared that Nunieh was absent and could not be screened, hence her nomination was not ratified.

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, sought to know whether there was any correspondence regarding her absence. The committee chairman said the president’s liaison officer for the senate confirmed she was duly communicated, adding that he was expecting that she would come.

Nwaoboshi explained further that when the Special Assistant to the President, Senator Babajide Moranre, we asked about the nominee from Rivers State, he said there was no communication from her.

There was a mild drama when the Senate Minority Leader, Eyinaya Abaribe, identified Nunieh as the same person that was sworn in on the interim board of the NDDC by the president, which may have been her reason for staying away. “This nominee from Rivers State appears to be the same person sworn in as managing director of the interim committee of NDDC.”

He said that irrespective of the confusion caused by the issue, Nunieh was a nominee of the President, they should do the needful and return to the presidency in due course.

The interim board was also described as an illegality and sabotage as the NDDC law expects that any appointment into the board is to be ratified by the National Assembly.

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu said: “We cannot be encouraging that kind of sabotage or undermining the powers of the National Assembly. We made a law here stating that there would be aboard for the NDDC, and anything outside that, for me, amounts to sabotage and the names of the nominees are supposed to be sent to the National Assembly.”

Source: Guardian News

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