Nsima Ekere & Ndoma Egba Sacked
A new Acting Managing Director has been appointed for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), by President Muhammadu Buhari. He is Professor Nelson Braimbraifa.
Also appointed as Acting Executive Director (Finance and Administration) of the Commission is Chris Amadi, while Samuel Adjogbe, an engineer, becomes an acting executive director (projects).
A statement by the presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, stated further that the appointment takes immediate effect. The President, following a Federal Executive Council (FEC) resolution, has equally vested the supervisory role of the commission in the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, as well as approved the dissolution of the extant board.
The dissolved board was appointed in July 2016 with Victor Ndoma Egba a former Senate leader as chairman and Nsima U. Ekere, now the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Akwa Ibom State as managing director/ chief executive officer.
Also, other members of the board of the Commission Prof. Nelson Brambaifa (Bayelsa State Rep), Sylvester on include: Mene Derek (Executive Director Finance and Administration), Adiogbe Samuel (Executive Director Projects), Frank George (Akwa Ibom State Rep), Sylvester Nna (Cross-River State), Ogaga Ofowodo (Delta State), Uwuilekhue Saturday
(Edo State), Harry Dabibi (Rivers State Rep.) and Bernard Banfa (North Central Rep.)
The rest were Mohammed Yahaya (North East Rep.), Mustapha Dankadi (North West Rep.), Abdul Kazeem Bayero (Ministry Of Environment Rep.) and Dr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, (Federal Ministry Of Finance Rep.). Mr Ndoma-Egba had taken over from Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, also from Cross River State.
Mr Ewa Henshaw led board was sacked by the federal government on July 6, 2015. The board went to court to challenge the action, arguing that by virtue of section 2,3 and 5 of the NDDC Act, they were entitled to four-year tenure from December 16, 2013, to
December 15, 2017.
The outcome of that case is unknown at this time. The NDDC was established in 2000 to facilitate rapid, even and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is
economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful.