By Desmond Ejibas
A three-man Interim Management Committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to run the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has resumed, an official said.
Dr Gbene Nunieh is now the new Acting Managing Director; while Dr Cairo Ojougboh becomes Acting Executive Director, Projects and Chief Ibanga Etang, Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
Mr Charles Odili, Director of Corporate Affairs for NDDC, confirmed this development in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
NAN reports that the committee was inaugurated on Tuesday with mandate to help create an “enabling environment” for the forensic audit of NDDC starting from 2001.
The statements quoted Nunieh as assuring of sweeping changes in NDDC during a hand over ceremony at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.
According to her, the new management would pursue rigorous developmental programme in rural communities in the Niger Delta.
“We appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for given us the opportunity to serve, and we assure the president, people of the Niger Delta and the whole country in carrying out this mandate.
“The committee will take NDDC to the next level, and so, will not fail the people of the Niger Delta.
Nunieh commended youths of the area for coming out en masse to welcome the interim management committee, describing the gesture as ‘positive.’
“Mr President expects that the forensic audit should be done properly from 2001 to date.
“So, there will be no compromise as the people will know that a new team is here to work.
“I assure everyone that every village in the Niger Delta will know that there is a new team in the NDDC. We will produce the list of every village in the region,” she promised.
In her remark, the immediate past Acting Managing Director, Dr Akwagana Enyia urged management and staff to support the interim committee.
She said the Federal Government made the right choice in appointing the new management team, pointing out that the team would succeed in their assignment.
“I am confident that the committee will leave an indelible mark in the annals of the Niger Delta going with the wealth of experience of members of the new team.
“So, I urge the directors of the commission to cooperate with the new team to check the negative publicity that has been the lot of NDDC in recent times,” she appealed.