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2020 Budget: Lawan Order Senate Committee not to Recognise interim NDDC board

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has ordered Senate Committee on NDDC to work strictly with the new board approved by the Senate.

Lawan had also said the Interim Committee set up by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Goodwill Akpabio, had seized to exist with the confirmation of the Dr. Pius Odubu-led board.

But, the interim management of the Commission inaugurated by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs are still in the office.

However, .Lawan specifically told the panel to work strictly with the new board approved by the Senate.

He said, “Please make sure you deal directly with the board of the NDDC that the Senate approved.”

The President in the covering letter dated November 21, and received by the leadership of the National Assembly on Monday, explained that he has sent the 2019 and 2020 budget estimates of the agency for the approval of the federal lawmakers.

The letter, read at plenary by Lawan, states, “Submission of 2019 and 2020 Budget Estimates of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

“Pursuant to Section 18(1) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Act, I forward herewith, the 2019 and 2020 Budget Estimates of the Niger Delta Development Commission, for the kind consideration and passage by the Senate.

“While I trust that the Senate will consider this request in the usual expeditious manner, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

“The expired 2018 budget of N346. 5bn of the agency had N2.883bn as Capital Expenditure, while N311.371bn was approved for development projects.

“The sum of N19.521bn was for Personnel Cost, while N12. 737bn was for Overhead Expenditure.”

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