Abuja—The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Lauretta Onochie and Chief Samuel Ogbuku as Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), respectively.

Channels TV reports that the Senate also confirmed the appointment of other board members of the commission. 

Both the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Niger Delta had screened Onochie and Ogbuku on Thursday alongside others for the NDDC board roles.

It will be recalled that Buhari had written to the Senate requesting the Upper Chamber to confirm the appointment of the Chairman and Members of the commission’s board in accordance with the provisions of section 2(2)(a) of the NDDC (Establishment) Act.

This marked the second time Buhari forwarded a list of nominees for the NDDC board for confirmation. He sent the first list of nominees for the board in 2021 and the Senate screened and confirmed the nominees.
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However, Senate President Ahmad Lawan stated that the President’s decision to send another list of nominees for confirmation was because there was a flaw in the previous compilation.


Onochie’s nomination faced some resistance from some committee members notably on the grounds that she is not from an oil-producing community in Delta State where she hails from, which is against the NDDC Act, preventing her from chairing the commission

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