Senator Rejects Buhari's Nomination To NDDC Board, Says, Unfair, Unjust .

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PostOjukwu1 on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:51 am

Senator, Osita Izunazo, a former lawmaker from Imo state, has declined his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari to the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, saying it was unfair and unjust.Senator Peter Nwaoboshi told the Senate on Tuesday when presenting the report of the committee of the president’s nominees for the board of the NDDC.

According to Nwaoboshi, Izunazo told the committee he was not from an oil producing community in Imo State.

Also, the committee rejected two nominees; Donatus Eyinnah, Abia State; and Olatokunbo Ajasin, Ondo State, who are not from oil producing communities in their respective towns.

Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe said Section 2(1) (b) of the NDDC Act stipulated that nominees for the board of the commission must be from communities where oil is produced.

The lawmakers rejected an argument by the Senate Whip, Sola Adeyeye that a nominee should be cleared if he came from an oil-producing state and not necessarily the oil producing part in the state.

Nwaoboshi told the Senate that the nomination of Mr. Ajasin, who is from Owo, faced stiff opposition from Ilaje and Ese Odo people whose communities produce oil. They were said to have protested to the venue of the screening.
The Senate confirmed 15 nominees, and rejected four.

Victor Ndoma-Egba, Cross River State; and Nsima Ekere, Akwa Ibom State; Adjogbe Samuel, Delta State; and Mene Derek, Rivers State, were confirmed for the positions of Chairman, Managing Director, Executive Director (Project) and Executive Director (Finance and Administration) respectively.

Those appointed as members of the board by the Senate were Frank George, Akwa Ibom; Brambaifa Nelson, Bayelsa; Sylvester Nsa, Cross River; Ogaga Ifowodo, Delta; Uwuilekhue Saturday, Edo; Harry Dabibi, Rivers; Bernard Banfa, North-Central; Yahaya Mohammed, North-East; and Mustapha Dankadai, North-West.

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