A clearer picture has now emerged on the fate of board members and management team of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, whose board was dissolved by the federal government on Monday night.
TNN can authoritatively report that whereas all the board members and the executive directors of the commission have been sacked, the managing director is the only survivor of the gale. He is to remain and oversee the commission, pending the constitution of a new board.
A letter by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Shuab Belgore, dated June 21, 2023 and addressed to the managing director/CEO of the commission, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, said the MD would be required to give weekly reports on financial and procurement activities for onward transmission to the office of the SGF.
“Following the termination of the boards of the federal government and parastatals by the president on June 19, with the exception of councils and commissions listed in the third schedule, part 1, section 152(i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I write to inform you of this directive.
“Consequently, you are to oversee the affairs of the NDDC until a new board is constituted by the president and commander in chief of the armed forces.
“All official correspondents 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.”
Since Monday when the announcement of the dissolution of boards and commissions was made, there have been speculations about the fate of the board members and management team of the NDDC which came into office in January this year.