President, General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd, has withdrawn the nomination of persons confirmed by the Senate into various positions on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Buhari informed the Senate on Monday that he would be sending a fresh list of nominees into the NDDC boards later.
In a letter he wrote to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, the president said the move was to allow the interim management committee of the NDDC concludes its ongoing forensic auditing.
According to him, “I write to intimate the Senate of the development concerning the appointment of the board of NDDC.
“The Senate may wish to note that after the dissolution of the board of NDDC, an interim management team was set up to manage the affairs of the commission before a new board was composed and sent for Senate confirmation.
“The Senate is invited to note that while the process of composition and senate confirmation of the appointment of the board was on-going.
“I had directed that the forensic audit of the commission be carried out which is being overseen by the constituted interim management team.
“Based in this and in order to allow for an uninterrupted process of forensic investigation, the board appointment confirmed by the Senate has to be put on hold.
“This is to allow the interim team to continue to manage the commission pending the outcome of the forensic audit.
“Thereafter, a new board of the commission will be re-composed for the confirmation by the Senate. “Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the Assurances of My highest consideration.”