The attention of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has been drawn to a publication in Sahara Reporters, an online publication, of Wednesday, January 18, 2023, entitled: “Crisis Rocks Niger Delta Commission, NDDC As Board Members Move Against Chairman, Lauretta Onochie...” The story alleges that “A fresh crisis has hit the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over an alleged attempt by the Chairman of the Governing Board of the agency, Lauretta Onochie, to take over the duties of the Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku.”

The publication further alleged that “the former presidential media aide attempted to create the office of the ‘Executive Chairperson’ and also proposed to have 18 Special Assistants, which were rejected.”


Nothing can be farther from the truth. We are, therefore, constrained to respond to the false story about an imaginary move by the members of the NDDC Board against its Chairman, Lauretta Onochie.


We urge members of the public to disregard the story which is obviously a mischievous concoction of lies designed to sow seeds of discord among members of the Board who are united in their resolve to make a difference in the Niger Delta.


The truth is that the Chairman insisted on a drastic reduction in the number of aides attached to Board members.


That this falsehood is being perpetrated by Sahara Reporters is an indication of a ploy to misinform the public in a bid to distract the Board.


We assure our stakeholders and members of the public that the NDDC Governing Board will neither be distracted nor divided in its resolve to do things differently and make a difference in the Niger Delta.


Ibitoye Abosede, Ph.D.

Director, Corporate Affairs

January 19, 2023.

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