Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe during the debate on the report of the Senate Committee on NDDC, pointed out that Section 2(1)(b) of the NDDC Act stipulated that nominees for the board of the Commission must be from communities where oil is produced.
Another nominee from Imo state, Senator Osita Izunaso, had written the Senate Committee to voluntarily reject his nomination on similar ground.
An argument by Senator Sola Adeyeye (Osun) that the Act did not make it mandatory for nominees to come from oil bearing communities, but from oil producing states was shot down by majority of members.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on NDDC, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi informed the Senate that in the case of Ajasin, people from the Ilaje area of Ondo state, had stormed the screening venue in eleven fully loaded commuter buses protesting his nomination.
Two other nominees, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse and Abdul-Kazeem Bayero from the Federal Ministry of Finance and Federal Ministry of Environment were also confirmed.
But the two would cease to be members of the NDDC board whenever they are transferred from their present ministries to other MDAs.
Other nominees confirmed are: Adjogbe Ajenakevwe Samuel, Mene Ienyie Derek, Frank Samuel George, Brambaifa Nelson and Sylvester Effefiom Nsa.
Others are Ogaga Ifowodo, Uwuilekhue Saturday, Harry Iboroma Dabibi, Benard Banfa, Yahaya Mohammed and Mustapha Dankadai.
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