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Senate Confirms Onochie’s Appointment, 12 Others For NDDC Board

Lauretta Ifeanyi-Onochie, the president’s special assistant for new media, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as the official chairman of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, despite opposition to her nomination.

Following the examination of the nominations last Friday at the National Assembly compound, the Senate also confirmed 12 additional candidates during the session.

President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the Senate to approve the appointment of Lauretta Ifeanyi-Onochie as his Special Assistant on New Media and the formal Chairman of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, a move that was praised and criticized in different circles.

Buhari had also named 14 others in the letter as Managing Director, Executive Directors and members of the Board.

They include Samuel Ogbokwu, from Bayelsa State, as the Managing Director, who would serve for a term of two years to complete the term of his predecessor in office.

The list also included Dimgba Erugba, representing Abia State, Dr. Emem Willcox Wills ( Akwa Ibom), Elder Denyanbofa Dimaro (Bayelsa State), Hon. Orok Duke (Cross River) and Dr. Pius Odudu ( Edo State).

Engineer Anthony Ekenne, (Imo State), Hon. Gbenga Edema (Ondo State), Elekwachi Dimkpa (Rivers State), Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Abubakar, ( Nasarawa State, representing North-Cenral zone), Alhaji Sadiq Sami Sule – Ikoh ( Kebbi State, North-West) and Prof. Tahir Mamman SAN, (Adamawa State, North-East).

The President also nominated Major-General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd) from Edo State as the (Executive Director, Finance) and Charles Ogunmola, from Ondo State, as the Executive Director, Projects also made the lists of appointees for the NDDC.

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