NDDC Board member faults protest against the extension of the tenure of the current board
November 8, 2017 | TheCalendarNews
Controversy is trailing the extension of tenure of the managing director and the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Federal Government.
It was learnt at the weekend that the board members had received the letters extending their tenure till 2020 contrary to the extant law which terminates the tenure by next month.
The Chairman of the board is Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba. Mr. Nsima Ekere is the managing director. They assumed office in November last year.
Other members are: Adjogbe Samuel, Mene Derek, Frank George, Brambaifa Nelson and Sylvester Nsa, Ogaga Ifowodo, Uwuilekhue Saturday, Harry Dabibi, Benard Banfa, Yahaya Mohammed, Mustapha Dankadai, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse and Abdul-Kazeem Bayero.
At the forefront of the current protests are indigenes of Bayelsa State expecting an indigene of the state to be appointed managing director by December.
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC),is leading the agitation.
But a member of the board, who does not want to be quoted, faulted the agitation.
He cited Section 3(1) of the NDDC Act which states that “subject to the provision of Section 4 of this Act a member of the Board, other than an ex-officio member shall hold office for a term of four years in the first instance and may be re-appointed for a further term of four years and no more.”
He also said since there is a board in place, a new Senate confirmation was not needed, in line with section 5 (3), which deals with vacancy on the board.
“Where there is no board at all in place, section 3(i) applies. Section 5(3) applies where there is a board and vacancy occurs. There must be a board in place for a vacancy to occur. A vacancy cannot occur where there is no board as was the case when the present board was appointed,” he added.
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