President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, be recomposed and inaugurated after the forensic audit of the organisation.
This development was confirmed to the press in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, one of the spokesperson of President Buhari, on Thursday, December 19, 2019.
“The President has also directed that the Interim Management Team of the NDDC shall be in place till the forensic is completed, and that the supervision of the Commission shall remain under the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs,” the Aso Rock statement said.
The Nigerian Senate, on November 6, 2019 approved the NDDC board headed by Pius Odubu, former deputy governor of Edo state and Bernard Okumagba as managing director and asked it to take over the affairs of the commission.
The upper chamber cleared 15 nominees of President Buhari and rejected Joy Nunieh, who was appointed by Niger Delta Minister, Godswill Akpabio to head an interim management committee to oversee a forensic audit of the agency.
Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate Committee on the NDDC, while presenting the report of the screening, said Nunieh from Rivers state, shunned the panel’s invitation.