After the controversy that continued to hamper the appointment of a substantive board chaiman for the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday asked the Senate to approve the appointment of his Special Adviser on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as the substantive ChairmanRecall that the senate had earlier rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie,after she was nominated as INEC Commissioner in October 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari

Her nomination sparked off outrage over concerns that she is a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the presidential aide said she resigned her membership of the ruling party in 2019.
Buhari’s letter, which was read at plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, also named 15 others as members of the Board.
The  letter reads, “In accordance with the provisions of Section 2(2)A of the NDDC Act, Cap N86, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby present the under listed 15 names of nominees as Chairman and members of the NDDC for confirmation by the Senate.

The letter indicated that copies of their Curriculum Vitae were attached

The NDDC board nominees, according to the letter, are Laureta Ifeanyi Onochie (Delta, South-South) as Chairman; Dimgba Erugba State representative (Abia, South-East); Dr Ene Wilcox (Akwa Ibom, State Representative, South-South); Dr Pius Odudu (Edo, South-South); Hon. Gbenga Odegba (Ondo, South-West) and Engr. Anthony Ekene (Imo, South-East).

Also on the board list are Mr. Onyekachi Dimgba (Rivers, South-South); Alhaji Mohammed Kabiru Abubakar (Zonal Representative, Nasarawa); Professor Tallen Mamma, SAN (North-East Representative, Adamawa); Sodique Sani (North-West, Zonal Representative); General Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere (Rtd) (Executive Director of Finance) and Charles Ogunmola (Executive Director Project, South-West).


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