President Seeks Confirmation for NDDC Board Members, NSIPA Coordinators, Others

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday wrote the Senate to consider and approve his nominees for appointment as chairman and members of the Niger Delta Development Commission board (NDDC).

The President’s request was contained in separate letters addressed to Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, which he read at plenary.

The President also asked the Red Chamber to confirm the nomination of Dr. Olayemi Cardoso for appointment as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Also for screening and confirmation for appointment as CBN deputy governors were four nominees, namely: Mrs. Emem Nnana Usoro, Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo, Mr. Philip Ikeazor, and Dr. Bala M. Bello.

The names of the President’s nominees for the board and management of the NDDC for Senate’s screening and confirmation include Mr. Chiedu Ebie – Chairman (Delta); Dr. Samuel Ogbuku – Managing Director/CEO (Bayelsa); Mr. Boma Iyaye – Executive Director, Finance and Administration (Rivers); Mr. Victor Antai – Executive Director Projects (Akwa Ibom); Ifedayo Abegunde – Executive Director Corporate Services (Ondo); Senator Dimaro Denyanbofa – State Representative (Bayelsa); Mr. Abasi Ndikan Nkono – State Representative (Akwa Ibom) and Monday Igbuya – State Representative (Delta).

Others were Chief Tony Okocha – State Representative (Rivers); Patrick Aisowieren – State Representative (Edo); Mr. Kyrian Uchegbu – State Representative (Imo); Victor Kolade Akinjo – State Representative (Ondo); Chief Dimgba Eruba – State Representative (Abia); Mr. Asu Oku Okang – State Representative (Cross River); Nick Wende – Zonal Representative (North-Central); Namdas Abdulrazak – Zonal Representative (North-East); and Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir – Zonal Representative (North-West).

Also for Senate’s confirmation was a nominee for appointment as the National Coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), Mrs. Delu Bulus Yakubu.

After reading the letters, Akpabio referred the NDDC board nominees to the Senate Committee on NDDC for further legislative work and for the committee to report back in one week.

The Senate President referred the screening of
Cardoso and the four CBN deputy governor nominees to the Committee of the Whole for immediate consideration.

He said this would prevent a vacuum in the leadership of the CBN, following the resignation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the erstwhile deputy governors of the apex bank.

Akpabio also referred the nomination of the NSIPA National Coordinator to the Committee on Special Duties for further legislative work, and for the committee to also report back in one week.