Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie Becomes NDDC’s 5th Board Chairman

By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt

President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie has been appointed as the fifth Chairman of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The NDDC was established in 2000 by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to fast-track the development of the oil rich Niger Delta region.

Onochie, who hails from Delta State, is the first female Chairman of the interventionist agency.

Past Chairmen of the NDDC board are Chief Onyema Ugochukwu from Abia State and Air vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (Rtd.) from Bayelsa Delta, as well as Senators Ewa-Henshaw and Victor Ndoma-Egba, all from Cross River State.

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) has lauded the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Lauretta Onochie as Chairman of the NDDC board.

Speaking with LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt yesterday, MOSIEND President, Kennedy Tonjo West, said having worked closely with the Buhari, he has no doubt that Onochie will implement the president’s vision for the Niger Delta to the fullest.

West said: “I think this is the first time we are having a woman as Chairman of the board. It is a novel idea. A lot of people don’t feel too well by the mention of Lauretta. Even I, ordinarily, I don’t feel comfortable.

“But first, she is an SA (special assistants) to the President and she is doing her job. And they kind of job as an SA, she will definitely do what he boss says.

“If you have put that as a yardstick, then, I am quite sure that was what had endeared her to her boss for being thorough and resolute when it comes to her job and working within the ethical standards demanding of her job.

“Coming back as a Chairman, she is a Niger Deltan, she had equal right like every other person that should be nominated. I think the National Assembly should expedite action in giving her the pass to come and serve.”

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