By Innocent Orok
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that a new board will be reconstituted for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The new board will be put in place after the forensic audit of the commission which is ongoing has been concluded.
Buhari has two months ago named a board to oversee the NDDC.
Controversy started when the Niger Delta and Oil Producing States Governors paid a courtesy visit to the President and called on him to probed the huge funds allocated to the Commission over the years, but there is nothing to show for it.
The board has already screened by the Senate and was awaiting its official inauguration by Mr president.
In a twist of faith, a statement by Femi Adesina, the President’s Spokesperson, said the recomposition of the new board would take place after the ongoing forensic audit of the commission which is entangled in alleged corruption has been concluded.
This development is coming about two months after the Senate screened the list of board members comprising of the Chairman, Managing Director and other members representing the nine oil producing States and the geopolitical zones of the Country.
The board, as earlier composed by Buhari, was to be led by Pius Odubu, former deputy governor of Edo state in the administration of Adams Oshiomhole as governor.
The board, which was yet to be inaugurated, also has Chief Bernard Okumagba from Delta State as Managing Director.
Others who were to serve in the NDDC board includes, Maxwell Omo from Bayelsa who should have been an Executive Director in charge of Finance and Administration as well as Engineer Otobong Ndem from Akwa Ibom State who should have served as Executive Director Projects.
The statement reads in part
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) be recomposed and inaugurated after the forensic audit of the organisation,”.
The statement also added: “The President has also directed that the interim management team of the NDDC shall be in place till the forensic audit is completed and that the supervision of the commission shall remain under the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.”