NDDC Board: Legislators Disagree Over Onochie’s Nomination

There was a sharp division among Federal lawmakers, yesterday, over the eligibility of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee for the position of Chairman, Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mrs Lauretta Onochie.

Mrs Onochie, a Special Assistant to President Buhari on New Media, is an indigene of Onicha-Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta state. She had been previously nominated by the President as a Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, but was rejected by the Senate.

Onochie, yesterday, appeared before the Senate and the House of Representatives Committees on Niger Delta Affairs and Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, along with other nominees for screening.

The screening began in a rowdy session, as some members, Senators insisted that Onochie was ineligible to head the NDCC board, on the ground that she is from a community in Delta state that is not an oil-producing area.

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