The crisis rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) became messier yesterday as the Senate resolved to await the inauguration of the board members before working on the commission’s 2019 and 2020 budgets proposal as submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.
While the lawmakers were confirming the appointment of 15 nominees to the board of the NDDC three weeks ago, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had stated that the current Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission had become vitiated.
“With the completion of this process (confirmation) now, I am sure that any other structure that exists now (in NDDC) is vitiated. I don’t think we have anything to worry about because this is one thing that is clearly established by law,” Lawan had said while commenting on the confirmation of the nominees.
The IMC set up by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, currently manages the commission. The minister had said the committee would run the NDDC for six months and oversee the forensic audit of the agency.