Jonathan sacks NDDC Board ….NDDC crisis-ridden –Oronsaye’s Committee

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The Dissolved Board of the NDDC:
Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan

Chairman of the Governing Board
Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha

Managing Director/CEO.


Pastor Power Z. Aginighan

Executive Director, Finance and Administration
Arc. Esoetok Ikpong Ikpong Etteh

Executive Director, Projects
Chief Bassey Dan-Abia

Akwa Ibom State Representative
Dr. Ogbonna Anuriegbe

Abia State Rep.
Engr. E. Georgewill

Rivers State Rep.
Hon. Ekpo Asuquo Okon

Cross River State Rep.
Mr Anthony Orubo

Bayelsa State Rep.
Mr Donald Omorodion

Edo State Rep.
Mr Emmanuel O. Ogidi

Delta State Rep
Mr. Ikechuchwu Joseph Akeru

Imo State Rep.


Senator Tunde Ogbeha

North Central Rep.
Mr. Benson Enikuomehin

Ondo State Rep.


Alhaji Asheikh Jarma

North East Rep.
Mr. Lucky F. Ntor-Ue

Ministry Of Finance Rep.
Engr. Yahaya

Federal Ministry Of Environment Rep.


Mr. Joe Jakpa

Oil Companies Rep



Jonathan sacks NDDC Board

Wednesday, September 14,

President Goodluck Jonathan has dissolved the Board of Niger Delta Development
Commission (NDDC). The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),
Senator Anyim Pius Anyim announced the dissolution in a terse press statement
issued late yesterday.

According to Anyim, the President has also
directed the Managing Director and other members of the Executive of the
Commission to hand over all the commission’s property in their possession to the
Director of Administration and Human Resources, Mrs Osaro Areyenka with
immediate effect.

The statement read as follows:  “Following the
conclusion of the assignment of the Presidential Committee to look into the
problems facing the NDDC and subsequent submission of the report of the
Committee, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Dr.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, after due consideration of the report has approved
the dissolution of the Board of NDDC with effect from today 13th September,

“A new Board for the Commission would be reconstituted soon.

Managing Director and other Executive members are to hand over all commission’s
items in their custody to the Director of Administration and Human Resources,
Mrs Osato Areyenka.”



NDDC crisis-ridden –Oronsaye’s Committee
Wednesday, September 14,

The Steve Oronsaye Committee set up to probe the Niger Delta Development
Commission (NDDC) has described the agency as “acutely crises-ridden,” and has
recommended “immediate intervention” to reverse the decay in the

President Goodluck Jonathan had in July set up the seven-man
committee to audit contracts awarded by the NDDC. The committee was also charged
to examine other transactions and activities that hindered the activities of the
NDDC. It was also directed to look into the problems that hindered the
operations of the NNDC and generated several concerns among

This is even as President Jonathan yesterday declared that
his administration would take prompt and decisive action to sanitise the NDDC
and transform it into a more effective organisation.

He warned that his
administration would not tolerate project abandonment stressing that it was
totally unacceptable. He added that the era of contractors taking money and not
doing their work was over.

Speaking at the presentation to him of the
report of the committee established in July to undertake an inquiry into the
crises in the NDDC, President Jonathan pledged that the Federal Government would
implement remedial measures to ensure that the commission begins to give the
people of the Niger Delta real value for the huge sums of money committed to it
“We will do whatever it takes to sanitise the NDDC,” the president
assured members of the committee after formally receiving their report from the
Chairman, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye.

Mr. Oronsaye said the committee had
undertaken its assignment expeditiously and with proper diligence, being very
mindful of President Jonathan’s determination to take genuine development to the
Niger Delta and all other parts of Nigeria.
He told the president that the
committee had visited the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt and interacted with
its management, staff and stakeholders.
It also received a memorandum from
the Presidential Monitoring Committee on the NDDC which substantially
corroborated its own findings, Mr. Oronsaye said.


Describing the NDDC as “acutely crises ridden”, the Oronsaye Committee
recommended “immediate intervention” to reverse the decay in the
President Jonathan had late Monday at the Presidential Villa,
also received several reports from the NDDC Presidential Monitoring Committee
headed by Chief Isaac Jemide.
Receiving the reports, President Jonathan
declared that the era of contractors abandoning projects after receiving funds
from government was over in Nigeria.

He said that his Administration will
undertake a clinical review of the reports submitted by the Presidential
Monitoring Committee and request law enforcement agencies to apprehend
contractors identified as having defaulted after receiving funds for NDDC
“Project abandonment is totally unacceptable to us. The era of
contractors taking money and not doing their work is over. If the NDDC is to act
as a catalyst for development in the Niger Delta, then we must act to redeem the
situation,” President Jonathan said.

Other members of the Committee were
Bamidele Aturu, B. O. N. Oti, Senator Bassew Ewa Henshaw, Mrs. Koripama-Agari,
Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, a representative of the Bureau for Public Procurement
and Mr. Raymond U. Brown of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation as Secretary.

The Terms of Reference of the Committee were as
follows: To assess and evaluate a sample of some NDDC Projects ; evaluate the
contractor’s prequalification process in the Commission; evaluate the roles and
relationship of the Board, Management and Staff of the Commission; evaluate the
procurement practices of the Commission and its compliance to the letter and
spirit of the Public Procurement Act; evaluate the institutionalization of the
orientation of all personnel of the Commission at all levels, in order to inform
and manage expectations and evaluate fund management of the Commission.
were also charged to unravel the causes of the crisis which had bedeviled the
commission over the years

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One Response to “Jonathan sacks NDDC Board ….NDDC crisis-ridden –Oronsaye’s Committee”

  1. Emmanuel moses says:

    We need more members fron Akwa ibom state

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