President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday, December 21, sacked Bassey Dan Abia, managing director and chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the two Executive Directors for Finance and Projects.
According to a statement issued by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Buhari also announced the appointment of the immediate past Rivers State Information Commissioner, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, as acting Managing Director, pending the appointment of a substantive board.
It was learnt that Mrs. Semenitari would assume office today in Port Harcourt, having accepted the appointment with immediate effect and promised to do her best within the period of her tenure.
“Yes, she has already asked our Abuja office to provide her with vehicles and logistics on Tuesday morning to enable her to take over with immediate effect,” a source in the NDDCC disclosed.
The removal of the board, it was learned, was done by the Presidency as a compromise position to appease the chairman and state coordinators of the agency, who were earlier removed from office in July this year.