His remarks were on the heels of 2019 and 2020 Budget Estimates of the NDDC earlier presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.
While referring the estimate to the Committee on Niger Delta, the President of the Senate frowned at the continued operation of the Interim Management Committee despite the Senate confirmation of the substantive Board of the NDDC.
He said:” I want to also reiterate here that you (Senate Committee on NDDC) deal with the governing board this Senate has approved.”
Members of the 15-member NDDC Governing Board confirmed by the Senate included the duo of Bernard Okumagba and Dr Pius Odubu as Chairman and Managing Director, respectively.
The supervising minister, Senator Akpabio, had earlier put in place a 3-man Interim Management Committee to administer the Commission.
Senators, who spoke during the confirmation of the nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari, had described the creation of an interim management Committee by Senator Akpabio as a usurpation of the legislative powers of the Red Chamber.