Senate confirms Ndoma-Egba, Ekere as NDDC chairman, MD
• Rejects Ajasin, Enyinnayah, Weli
• Police arrest oil thieves at National Assembly
The Senate yesterday approved the nomination of Victor Ndoma-Egba as chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Nsima Udo Ekere as its managing director.
It, however, rejected Olatokunbo Ajasin (Ondo), Donatus Eyinnayah (Abia) and Igo Weli (Niger Delta) on the grounds that their nomination breached the NDDC Act which stipulated that only persons from oil-producing communities could be appointed to such positions.
Chairman of the NDDCcommittee, Peter Nwaoboshi, had informed the Senate that in the case of Ajasin, people from Ilaje area of Ondo State had stormed the screening venue in 11 fully-loaded commuter buses, protesting his nomination.
Also, Senator Osita Izunaso (Imo) had written the committee to voluntarily reject his nomination.Eyinnaya Abaribe, during the debate on the report of the committee, pointed out that Section 2 (1)(b) of the NDDC Act stipulated that nominees for the board of the commission must be from communities where oil is produced. But Sola Adeyeye (Osun), who said that the Act did not make it mandatory for nominees to come from oil-bearing communities but from producing states, was shut up by a majority of members.
Two other nominees, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse and Abdul-Kazeem Bayero from the federal ministries of finance and environment were also confirmed. However, they would cease to be members of the NDDC board whenever they are transferred from their present ministries to other MDAs.
Other nominees confirmed are Adjogbe Ajenakevwe Samuel, Mene Ienyie Derek, Frank Samuel George, Brambaifa Nelson, Sylvester Effefiom Nsa, Ogaga Ifowodo, Uwuilekhue Saturday, Harry Iboroma Dabibi, Benard Banfa, Yahaya Mohammed and Mustapha Dankadai.
In another development, policemen attached to the National Assembly arrested six alleged oil thieves who specialised in siphoning diesel from the heavy-duty generating sets at the annex area of the federal legislature’s complex.
They were alleged to have stolen 11 jerry cans of 25 litres each and were caught at a point of loading them inside a Golf Volkswagen car by a securityman on duty who alerted others.
One of the alleged thieves escaped arrest and was said to be on the run.Two of the thieves are members of staff of the National Assembly in the Sergeant-At-Arms Department while the remaining five were alleged to have been recruited from a nearby heavy truck park for the act.