OrderPaperToday– The Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Niger Delta to only deal with the National Assembly approved governing board of the Niger Delta Development Commission and not the interim board.


The federal lawmakers gave this directive while considering President  Muhammadu Buhari’s request to the chamber for consideration of NDDC’s 2019 and 2020 budget proposals on Thursday.


The instruction came against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding which of the two management teams of the NDDC should defend the agency’s budget forwarded by the president.


While the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio had inaugurated and supports a 3-man interim management committee for the Niger Delta Development Commission headed by Joy Nunieh, the Senate subsequently screened and confirmed nominees whose names were forwarded by President Buhari for the agency’s governing board, with Pius Odubu as chairman.


The board is yet to be sworn in while the interim committee that was commissioned to conduct a forensic audit of the agency in October this year is still in charge.


During the consideration of the letter on Thursday, Senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia), sought to know which management will appear before the chamber’s committee.


Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, then instructed the Committee on Niger Delta to deal with the Pius Odubu board approved by the chamber.


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