Buhari nominates Lauretta Onochie as NDDC board chair

Our reporter| President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday asked the senate to confirm Lauretta Onochie as the substantive chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.

The president’s request was contained in a letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Wednesday.

Apart from Onochie, the president sent the names of 15 other nominees as board members of the commission.

This is not the first time the president would appoint Onochie to a position that is subject to the confirmation of the senate.

Onochie was last year nominated as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in October 2020, a development that sparked outrage over concerns that she is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The senate eventually declined to confirm her nomination on the grounds that Buhari had already nominated May Agbamuche as the INEC commissioner from Delta, Onochie’s state of origin.

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