President Muhammadu Buhari thursday ordered the reconstitution of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), effectively sacking the new board led by Pius Odubu, which has since been cleared by the Senate.
The president also ordered a forensic audit of the organisation and subsequent inauguration of the reconstituted board after the forensic examination.
Buhari’s position countered the Senate, which had rejected the NDDC interim management board and insisted on the inauguration of the board appointed by Buhari and cleared by the lawmakers.
But a member of the Senate committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Kabiru Gaya, defended the president’s action, saying he has done nothing wrong in keeping in abeyance the composition of the board of the NDDC.
The Senate had distanced itself from the Interim Management Committee constituted by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, also quoted the president as saying that the Interim Management Team of the NDDC will continue to run the affairs of the organisation till the completion of the forensic examination.
The president said the supervision of the NDDC would remain under the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) be recomposed and inaugurated after the forensic audit of the organisation.