4 July 2009

Nigeria: Larry Koinyan Appointed NDDC Chairman

Abuja — President Umaru Yar'Adua has moved to re-engineer and reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for greater efficiency and effective service delivery by constituting a new governing board for the commission.

In a letter to the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, Yar'Adua asked for the expeditious confirmation of Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (rtd) of Bayelsa State as chairman of the new Board and Chibuzor Ugwoha of Rivers State as the commission's managing director.

According to presidential spokesman, Olusegun Adeniyi, other nominees to the board who are expected to be confirmed by the Senate in consultation with the House of Representatives are: Esoetok Ikpong Etteh (Akwa-Ibom), Executive Director (Projects); Pastor Power Aginighan (Delta), Executive Director (Finance & Accounts); Aloysius Nwagboso (Abia), Part Time Member; Dan Abia (Akwa-Ibom), Part Time Member; Anthony Orubo (Bayelsa), Part Time Member; Ekpo Asuquo Okon (Cross River), Part Time Member; Emmanuel O. Ogidi (Delta), Part Time Member; Jude I. Ise-Idehen (Edo), Part Time Member; Akeru Ikechukwu Joseph (Imo), Part Time Member and Benson G. Enikuomehin (Ondo), Part Time Member.

Other members are Emmanuel G. Georgewill (Rivers), Part Time Member; Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (North West), Representative of Non-Oil Mineral Producing States; Maj.-Gen. Tunde Ogbeha (rtd) (North Central), Representative of Non-Oil Mineral Producing States; Asheikh Jarma (North East); Representative of Non-Oil Mineral Producing States and Dr. Daru Owei, Representative of Oil Producing Companies in the Niger Delta.

Yar'Adua expects the reconstituted governing board to provide a dynamic, purposeful and result-oriented leadership that will effectively reposition the NDDC to work in tandem with the recently established Federal Ministry of the Niger Delta to actualise his administration's agenda for the rapid socio-economic development of the region.

The 44-year-old nominee for the post of managing director, Chibuzor Ugwoha, holds a Master's degree in urban and regional planning and has about 12 years of cumulative experience in community development with Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited and Total (Exploration and Production) Nigeria Limited.

Before moving to the oil industry, Ugwoha worked as a technical officer with the defunct Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI), and as lecturer/head of the department of Building Technology at the Federal College of Education (Technology) in Omoku, Rivers State.

He is currently the deputy general manager, JVA (Onshore) Sustainable Development at Total (Exploration and Production) Nigeria Limited.

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