The Nigerian Senate has confirmed 15 nominees for the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and stepped down the confirmation of one.
The confirmed nominees include the Chairman, Pius Odubu (Edo); Managing Director, Bernard Okumagba (Delta); Executive Director Projects, Otobong Ndem (Akwa Ibom); Executive Director Finance and Admin, Maxwell Okoh (Bayelsa); Delta State representative, Jones Erue; Victor Ekhatar (Edo) and Nwogu Nwogu (Abia).
Others are Theodore Allison (Bayelsa); Victor Antai (Akwa Ibom); Maurice Effiwatt (Cross River); Olugbenga Elema Ondo); Uchegbu Kyrian (Imo); Northwest representative Aisha Muhammed (Kano); Northeast representative Ardo Zubairu (Adamawa) and Southwest representative Badmus Mutalib (Lagos).
The Senate, however, rejected the nomination of Joy Nunieh (Rivers).
President Muhammadu Buhari had transmitted a letter to the Senate last week seeking confirmation of the 16 NDDC nominees, following which the Senate Committee on NDDC was asked to screen the nominees and report back in a week.
The confirmation and rejection of the nominees was sequel to the presentation of the report of the committee by the chairman, Senator Peter Nwabaoshi (Delta).
While stating that the nominees were qualified to serve on the Board of the Commission, the Committee recommended that they should be confirmed.
It, however, urged the Senate not to confirm Ms Nunieh as she failed to show up for screening on both days of the process.
In his contribution, the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, urged the Senate to adopt the recommendation of the Committee having done what was requested of the president.
Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, also moved that the recommendation be adopted.
He noted that an interim management had been set up by the federal government to oversee the Commission and that the earlier the nominees were confirmed and sworn in the better.
The Senate thereafter, resolved into the Committee of the Whole to confirm the nominees.
In his remark, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, commended the Committee for the transparent and open manner of screening.
He expressed the hope that the nominees would keep the trust of Nigerians and discharge the responsibilities bestowed on them by the NDDC Act.
Lawan also stressed the need for the lawmakers to do their oversight and ensure accountability in the Commission.