PRESIDENT Umaru MusaÂ Yarâ€™Adua hasÂ put an end to speculations on those to serve in the new board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) when he finally made available the list of members of the reconstituted board which has been sent to the senate for confirmation.
In the new board, the President nominated Air vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (Rtd.) of Bayelsa State as Chairman of the new Board and Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha of Rivers State as the Managing Director of the Commission.
The move to reconstitute the board, according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Olusegun Adeniyi, is to re-engineer and reposition the commission for greater efficiency and effective service delivery.
The proposed board replaces the out outgoing board led by the Chief Bassey Dan Abia, as acting Chairman, who will now serve as a part time member of the board; and acting Managing Director, Pastor Power Aginighan (Delta), who returns to his former position of Executive Director, Finance and Account.
According to the statement, President Yarâ€™Adua, in a letter to the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, is requesting â€œfor the expeditious confirmation of Air vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (Rtd.) of Bayelsa State as Chairman of the new Board and Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha of Rivers State as the Managing Director of the Commissionâ€.
Other nominees to the board who are expected to be confirmed by the Senate in consultation with the House of Representatives, according to the statement, include Arc. Esoetok Ikpong Etteh (Akwa-Ibom, Executive Director (Projects) Pastor Power Aginighan (Delta), Executive Director (Finance & Accounts) Mr. Aloysius Nwagboso (Abia), Part Time Member; Chief Dan Abia (Akwa-Ibom), Part Time Member Mr. Anthony Orubo (Bayelsa), Part Time Member; Hon. Ekpo Asuquo Okon (Cross River)
Part Time Member; Mr. Emmanuel O. Ogidi (Delta), Part Time Member; Hon. Jude I. Ise_Idehen (Edo), Part Time Member; and Akeru Ikechukwu Joseph (Imo), Part Time Member.
Others are Mr. Benson G. Enikuomehin (Ondo); Part Time Member; Engr. Emmanuel G. Georgewill (Rivers), Part Time Member; Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (North_West) – Representative ofÂ Â Non-Oil Mineral Producing States; Maj.-Gen. Tunde Ogbeha (Rtd.) (North-Central), Representative of Non-Oil Mineral Producing States; Alhaji Asheikh Jarma (North-East), Representative of Non-Oil Mineral Producing States; and Dr. Daru Owei, Representative of Oil Producing Companies in the Niger Delta
â€œPresident Yarâ€™Adua expects the reconstituted Governing Board to provide a dynamic, purposeful and results_oriented leadership that will effectively reposition the NDDC to work in tandem with the recently established Federal Ministry of the Niger Delta to actualize his Administrationâ€™s agenda for the rapid socio_economic development of the regionâ€, the statement said.
The 44 year-old nominee for the post of Managing Director, Chibuzor Ugwoha, holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and has about 12 years cumulative experience in Community Development with Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited and Total (Exploration and Production) Nigeria Limited.
Before moving to the oil Industry, Mr. Ugwoha had worked as a Technical Officer with the defunct Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) and as Lecturer/Head of the Department of Building Technology at the Federal College of Education (Technology) in Omoku, Rivers State.
He is currently the Deputy General Manager, JVA (Onshore) Sustainable Development at Total (Exploration & Production) Nigeria Limited.