Buhari Nominates Lauretta Onochie As NDDC Chair


President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the senate to confirm Lauretta Onochie, as the substantive chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.

In a letter sent to the Senate which contained the list of nominees, Buhari asked the upper chamber to confirm the appointments..

Apart from Onochie, the president sent the names of 15 other nominees as board members of the commission.

They are Samuel Ibukun as managing director, Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere, director of finance; Charles Ogunmola, director of project; Dimgba Erugba (Abia), Ene Wilcox (Akwa Ibom), Pius Odudu (Edo), Gbenga Odegba (Ondo), Anthony Ekene (Imo) and Onyekachi Dimgba (Rivers).

Others are Mohammed Kabiru Abubakar (Nasarawa), Tallen Mamma (Adamawa) and Sodique Sani.

This is the second time Buhari is forwarding a list of nominees for the NDDC board for confirmation.

He sent the first list of nominees for the board in 2021 and the Senate screened and confirmed the nominees.

However, Lawan stated that Buhari’s decision to send another list of nominees for confirmation was because there was a flaw in the previous compilation.

Her nomination sparked outrage over concerns that she is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the presidential aide said she resigned her membership of the ruling party in 2019.

In 2021, when the upper legislative chamber considered and screened her for the appointment, she was eventually disqualified.

At the time, the senate disqualified her on the grounds that Buhari had already nominated May Agbamuche as the INEC commissioner from Delta — the same state Onochie hails from.


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