The Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs screened President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
First to be screened was a Former Deputy Governor of Edo state, Dr. Pius Odubu, as Chairman of the board of the NDDC followed by the nominee for the position of Managing Director of the Agency, Chief Bernard Okumagba.
Dr. Odubu who was a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007 was asked to take a Bow and Go in line with the Parliamentary tradition of the Senate to extend such courtesies to Former Members of the National Assembly nominated for Appointment.
Chief Bernard Okumagba who was nominated for the post of Managing Director of the Intervention Agency was also asked to Take a Bow and Go after the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and the Representing Delta south, attested to his suitability for the job.
However drama came up when the Nominee for the Post of Executive Director Projects, Engr. Otobong Ndem appeared before the committee. A member of the Committee, Senator Matthew Urhoghide picked holes in the Curriculum Vitae of Engr. Ndem.
He sought to know why there were discrepancies in the chronology the candidate’s educational progression. He also urged the nominee not to disappoint Nigerians on confirmation in view of the increasing rate of abandoned projects in region by the NDDC.