Muhammadu Buhari names Lauretta Onochie as NDDC chairperson

Lauretta Onochie

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Lauretta Onochie, a former media aide and prominent member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to the position of chairperson of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Buhari nominated fifteen individuals to serve on the NDDC board, and he sent a letter to Senate President Ahmad Lawan detailing the appointments.

The letter was read aloud during Wednesday’s plenary session in the red chamber.

Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s ex-president, formed the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in 2000 to advance the country’s Niger Delta region.

The Niger Delta Development Commission was made a parastatal of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in September 2008, after it had been proclaimed by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Intending to reduce violence and militancy in the Niger Delta region, the commission’s primary responsibility is to educate and train the region’s youth.