The NDDC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Ibitoye Abosede, conveyed this information in a statement released on Wednesday.
By Jude Adebayo:
Following President Bola Tinubu’s dissolution of the boards of all federal parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies two days ago, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has instructed Samuel Ogbuku, the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to remain in his role as the commission’s chief executive until a new board is appointed by the President.
The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation issued a statement announcing the dissolution of the board and stating that, in the absence of new boards, the Chief Executive Officers of the various organizations should refer matters requiring board attention to the President through the Permanent Secretaries of their respective supervisory Ministries and Offices.
In accordance with this directive from the presidency, Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, which oversees the activities of the NDDC, has instructed Mr. Ogbuku to continue serving as the commission’s chief executive until a new board is established. The NDDC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Ibitoye Abosede, conveyed this information in a statement released on Wednesday.
“All official correspondences requiring the attention of the President should be routed through the office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, who will further liaise with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for necessary action.
“You are required to provide a weekly report on your financial and procurement activities for onward transmission to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” Mr Belgore said in the communication.
After a prolonged period without a permanent board, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board was finally established in January. This delay was primarily due to the federal government’s intention to engage forensic auditors to investigate the commission’s projects and financial records.
However, soon after the board’s inauguration, a power struggle emerged between the former chairperson, Lauretta Onochie, and Mr. Ogbuku. This internal conflict prompted concerned Nigerians to demand the dissolution of the board, citing the need for resolution and stability within the commission.