Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jonathan names Yar’Adua’s loyalist into NDDC Board

Sun News
26 October 2011

• Ogbeha also named as Senate gets list

President Goodluck Jonathan has named Senator Yakubu Lado from Katsina State, one of the staunchest supporters of his former boss, the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, into the re-constituted board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Senator Lado is to represent the North-west in the newly constituted board of the Commission which was dissolved on September 13.
In an October 17 letter addressed to Senate President David Mark which was read at Tuesday plenary, President Jonathan also named Senator Tunde Ogbeha as a member of the Commission representing North-central, one of the non-oil producing areas.

Ogbeha represented Kogi West Senatorial District in the Fifth Senate while Senator Lado was the voice of the acclaimed cabal, which opposed the confirmation of the then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President early 2010.

He raised objections on the floor of the Senate until the barriers were finally broken on February 9, 2010, when the National Assembly proclaimed Jonathan Acting President.

President Jonathan asked the Senate to screen the nominees into the board of the NDDC in accordance with the provisions of section 2(1) and section 5(3) of the NDDC Act.
Other nominees according to the source include Dr. Tariah Tebepah (Bayelsa) as Chairman, Dr. Christian Obo(Rivers as Managing Director and Mr. LEJ Kobanye (Delta) as Executive Director, Finance and Administration.

Other nominees include Mr. Edward Orubo, member representing Bayelsa, Dr. Ibitamuno M. Aminigo Member representing Rivers, Chief Solomon Ogba(delta), Engineer Imaobong Johnson(Akwa-Ibom and Engineer Edikan Eshett Eshett(executive Director Projects, Akwa-Ibom), Barrister Peter Ezeob i(Imo), Dominic Aqua Edem(Cross Rivers), Barrister Alloysius Nwagboso (Abia), Mr. Omogbemi O.Oladele(Ondo) and Mr. Osahon Imaru (Edo).
Mr. Rima Shawulu Kwewum(North East)’s nomination completes nominees representing non-oil mineral producing areas.
The President also nominated Mr. Joe Jakpa to represent the oil producing companies.

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