HoR authenticate NDDC board, management nominees

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By Tom Okpe

The House of Representatives has conducted the screening of 17 nominees by President Bola Tinubu for the Board and Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC).

The nominees who appeared before the Ad’hoc Committee mandated to conduct the screening in Abuja on Thursday at the National Assembly, was led by the nominated Board Chairman, Chiedu Ebie.

Chairman of the Committee,
Rep Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, charged the designates to justify the confidence reposed in them by Mr President.

She informed that the NDDC needed visionary leaders with integrity to drive the discharge of the commission’s mandate pointing that; ” this will translate to tangible impact on lives of the people and communities in the Niger Delta.”

Ibori- Suenu also said the screening process for confirmation was in fulfilment of the provisions of Section 2 (2) (a) of the NDDC Act, 2000.

The House however, asked the Board Chairman, Ebie, Managing Director/CEO of the Commission, Dr Samuel Ogbuku and other members to, ‘Take a bow.’

The Committee said the Board members were enjoying the privileges, always extended to former members of the National Assembly appointed into executive positions who are always asked to, “Take a bow and go.”

The motion to allow the nominees to take a bow, was moved by the Minority Whip in the House, Rep Ali Isa, who commended the President for appointing some former members of the National Assembly to serve in the NDDC board.

Addressing the lawmakers, the NDDC board chairman nominee, Ebie said his cumulative experience in the public and private sector have adequately prepared him for the job.

“I assure you that as Board Chairman, if confirmed, I want to assure you of team work. We would work as a team.

“We would ensure, we have a very harmonious working relationship and, ensure that people-oriented projects would be executed by the commission.”

On his part, the Managing Director nominee, Ogbuku expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for reappointing him, promising that the new team would work hard to fulfil its mandate.

“I thank Mr President for handing me a team that is filled with men of character and high personality that are willing and ready to deliver for the people of the Niger Delta,” he said.

Earlier, the House Majority Leader, Rep Julius Ihonvbere expressed confidence in the pedigree of the nominated members of the new Board, urging them to do their best to deliver the mandate of the NDDC.

“Nigerians are watching. They expect the best of you. They expect to become very proud of your achievements in a very short time.

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“So, the ball will go back to your court after this grilling. As the chairman has said, each of you owe this country a duty to deliver and we want to plead with you also on behalf of the Speaker and the management of the House, that you recognize that justice for one is justice for all and justice for all is justice for one.

“Please do your very best to deliver, and we’ll have no cost to have you come back here to appear before the Chairman and the committee.”

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