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In a significant move aimed at redefining the leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), President Bola Tinubu has made crucial amendments to the recently reconstituted Board and Management. This action involves the replacement of representatives from Ondo and Cross River states on the NDDC Board.


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This development was announced in a statement issued on a Friday evening by Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Among the key changes is the reappointment of Dr. Samuel Ogbuku as the Managing Director of the Commission, with his continued role being in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

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Specifically, the statement read, “President Bola Tinubu has approved the immediate replacement of the NDDC’s Ondo State Representative nominee, Mr. Victor Akinjo, with a new Ondo State Representative nominee, Hon. Otito Atikase.

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The President has equally approved the immediate replacement of the NDDC’s Cross River State Representative nominee, Mr. Asi Oku Okang, with a new Cross River State Representative, Rt. Hon. Orok Otuk Duke.”

The reappointment of Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, who served as the immediate past Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, signals a commitment to continuity and steady leadership within the Commission. However, his status as acting Managing Director will be subject to the Senate’s confirmation of his reappointment.

These changes represent a deliberate effort by President Tinubu to ensure that the NDDC’s leadership aligns with the developmental objectives of the Niger Delta region and the nation at large. As the Commission plays a pivotal role in the socio-economic transformation of the Niger Delta, these alterations in its leadership are of significant national importance.


The Nigerian public and stakeholders in the Niger Delta region will be closely following the Senate’s deliberations and confirmation process to ascertain the ultimate leadership structure of the NDDC. This move by President Tinubu underscores his commitment to effective governance and his determination to enhance the impact of the Commission in the Niger Delta.



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