Senate screens Ndoma-Egba, Ekere, other nominees
The Senate has commenced the screening of former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba as Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other members. It vowed not bend the rules for anyone.
Chairman of the committee, Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North), said that the committee would not compromise, stressing that the panel decided to make the screening open for all Nigerians to see what was going on.
“We have made the screening open; we don’t want to hide anything. We want Nigerians to see everything. Some said we have been compromised, but we have the backing of the leadership of the Senate not to bend the rules and we are not ready to bend the rules,” he said.
Former Senate Leader who appeared before the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, was however not screened, but he spoke very briefly with his colleagues and was later asked to take a bow and go.
But speaking with journalists shortly after, Ndoma-Egba, who noted that the new board when constituted would take stock of all NDDC projects, systems and finances, with a bid to cleaning the books and starting on a clean slate, promised to do all things right with a new narrative for the Niger Delta region when they get there.
He said: “We promise a new narrative for the Niger Delta region; the commission was set up for the Niger Delta region and the commission must return to the regional body.
“We will take stock of our projects, systems, processes and finances to know which projects are viable. We need to clean our books and start on a new slate. We will do things right when we get there.”
Also referred to the Niger Delta committee are Nsima Ekere (Akwa Ibom) as Managing Director; Adjogbe Samuel (Delta), Executive Director (Project) and Mene Derek (Rivers), Executive Director (Finance and Administration).
Proposed members are Donatus Enyinnah (Abia), Frank George (Akwa Ibom), Prof. Brambaifa Nelson (Bayelsa), Sylvester Nsa (Cross River) and Dr. Ogaga Ifowodo (Delta).
Other nominees are Uwuilekhue Saturday (Edo), Osita Izunaso (Imo), Olatokunbo Ajasin (Ondo), Harry Dabibi (Rivers), Bernard Banfa (North Central) and Yahaya Mohammed (North-East).
The rest are Mustapha Dankadi (North-West), Igo Weli (Niger), Dr. Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Federal Ministry of Finance and Abdul-Kazeem Bayero, Ministry of Environment.