The Senate yesterday declared that it would not recognise the Interim Management Committee (IMC) in processing the 2019 and 2020 budget proposals of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Consequently, the upper chamber ordered its Committee on Niger Delta to relate only with the board of the NDDC, members of which it confirmed recently.
The controversial interim committee of the NDDC was constituted by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio to replace an acting management board of the commission.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, while referring the budget of the NDDC to the Committee on Niger Delta Affairs yesterday instructed the panel to relate strictly with the board screened and confirmed by the lawmakers. He told the committee to turn in its report on the budget in two weeks to enable the Senate to approve it.
“This budget is hereby referred to the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs. You’re to report back in two weeks. Let me state that the committee should only deal with board members confirmed by the Senate,” Lawan thundered.