Anioma group commended the Senate’s confirmation of Onochie as NDDC chairman
The Association of Anioma Professionals (AAP), a socio-economic development platform of professionals, has commended the Senate for confirming the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Senate has recently confirmed Onochie’s nomination as chairman of the Commission alongside those of the managing director, Hon. Samuel Ogbuku from Bayelsa State as well as members of its board. Until her nomination, Onochie was the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Social Media.
This is contained in a statement signed by AAP president, Peter Nkenchor and a member of the Board of Trustees, Emmanuel Emecheta, who faulted some groups that had opposed Onochie’s nomination stating that those groups were driven by selfish desires.
Nkenchor said: “The position of those groups was driven by selfish desires disguised as championing the interests of their ethnic groups. They are the same set of people that crippled the NDDC since its establishment.
“We align with President Buhari’s plan to reposition the Commission and in Ms. Lauretta Onochie, he has picked a personality that will jettison the business-as-usual attitude needed to make NDDC responsible and responsive to the yearnings of the long-suffering people of Niger Delta,
“They said that the agency had been held hostage by persons and groups who put their narrow interests over and above those of the people of Niger Delta, noting that at each cycle of appointment of new leadership, they use blackmail and threat of violence to get themselves and their lackeys appointed with the sole aim of preventing NDDC from being responsive to the genuine interests of the people of the region.”
AAP president, however, commend President Buhari for shunning the blackmail and appointing a team led by Onochie that will bring the desired change in the running of the NDDC.
“We trust in the ability of Onochie to steer the Commission to a new trajectory that will make it accountable to the people of the Niger Delta,” he stated.