NDDC Shake-up: Buhari replaces Semenitari with Ekere, appoints Ndoma-Egba as Chairman


Preaident Muhammadu Buhari has decided to shake-up the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by not confirming the appointment of Acting Managing Director, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari.

The news of this develiopment was contained in a letter to the Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday.

In the letter, President Muhammadu Buhari  nominated  Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba as the Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The President also forwarded Mr. Nsima Ekere, one time Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State as the Managing Director of the Commission to take over from Mrs Semenitari who is currently acting as MD of the commission.

Ndoma-Egba was born on 8 March 1956 in Ikom, Cross River State. He has an LL.B degree from the University of Lagos and an LLM degree from the University of Calabar, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978 and was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2004. He has been Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Calabar Branch, and President of the Calabar Chamber of Commerce. He has also been Director of the Cross River Basin and Rural Development Authorityy, and Honourable Commissioner for Works & Transport.

Victor Ndoma-Egba was elected as senator in the 5th (2003–2007) National Assembly representing Cross River Central Senatorial District, and was reelected in 2007 for a further four-year term. Senator Ndoma-Egba was  a member of senate committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Human Rights and Legal Matters, and Information and Media, and one time deputy chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Nigerian Senate.

He was the Senate leader in the seventh assembly,his style and temper fostered the evolution of the Nigerian Senate into a vibrant regal institution with a cohesive bond; forged by commitment to the common good.

In his first term in the Senate, in 2003, Ndoma-Egba had the unique honour of being the first senator to chair the media and publicity committee.

In May 2008, Ndoma-Egba spoke in favor of reform of the Nigeria Police Act, which came into effect on April 1, 1943 and has essentially been unchanged since that time.

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