President Buhari Appoints Ndoma-Egba As NDDC Chair

Ndoma-EgbaFormer Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has been appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Mr Ndoma-Egba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who hails from Cross River State, takes over from Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, also from the state.

Also appointed is a former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Nsima Ekere, as the Managing Director of the commission.

He succeeds Ibim Semenitari, who has been the acting Managing Director since December 2015.

Ndoma Egba Decamps From PDP To APC

Victor-Ndoma-EgbaA former Nigeria’s Senate leader, Victor Ndoma Egba, has formally decamped from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Making his intentions known at the secretariat of the ruling party in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, the onetime Senate leader, who was accompanied to the secretariat alongside his supporters from the Central Senatorial District, disclosed that his decision was borne out of an in-depth desire to remain relevant in politics.

According to him, ‘due process supersedes all in politics’, a situation which he said was lacking in the PDP, following the way and manner it held its last general elections, where the outcome of the polls did not reflect the true essence of democracy.

Mr Egba promised to abide by the party’s constitution, bearing in mind his wealth of experience in the nation’s polity.

Receiving the former Senate leader, the party’s National Vice Chairman, South South region, Hilard Eta, said the defection sent a strong signal that APC would be better placed in Cross River State and Nigeria at large.

Senate Congratulates Buhari, Osinbajo

SenateThe Nigerian Senate has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on their successful inauguration as President and Vice President of Nigeria on May 29.

In a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Senate also congratulated Federal Lawmakers who have been elected State Governors, urging them to observe the rule of law and continue to maintain the integrity of the National Assembly.

Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, however, drew the attention of the Senate to the incidents which occurred in Niger and Kaduna States, where government officials were allegedly harassed at the inauguration ceremonies in the states.

President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Friday, May 29, at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had been sworn-in moments before this.

Past Nigerian leaders as well as other world leaders converged on the Federal Capital Territory to witness the inauguration ceremony.


Bill To Fight Desertification Passes Second Reading

DesertificationA bill seeking to give legal backing for the establishment of an agency to address problems of land degradation and desertification has passed second reading in the Senate.

The National Agency for the Great Green Wall Establishment bill received vast support from federal lawmakers at Wednesday’s plenary session.

The Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba had made a statement on the direct effects of climate change on Nigeria and food security in the country.

It was for this reason that Nigeria proposed the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative in 2005 to address the problems of land degradation and desertification in the Sahara and Sahel region.

According to Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, all other countries that have signed the convention on the Great Green Wall initiative have established their national agencies except Nigeria.

He said that it was imperative that the National Assembly gives legal backing for the actualization of the programme.

The bill eventually passed second reading and was sent to the relevant committees for further legislative work.

Cross River PDP Suspends Governorship Aspirant, 12 Others

PDPThe Cross River State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday evening, suspended one of its governorship aspirants, Goddy-Jeddy Agba, alongside twelve other members of the party, following unresolved crisis rocking the party.

According to the State Chairman of the Party, Ntufam John Okon, the members were suspended because they failed to exhaust all available conflict resolution mechanisms within the party and had gone contrary to the party’s constitution by dragging the party to court.

He maintained that following the just concluded delegate election, a lot of issues occurred and some members ridiculed the party by dragging the party to court against party rules.

Asides the governorship aspirant, Mr. Goddy-Jeddy Agba, others suspended are Mr.Sandy Onor, Hon. James Tambang, Mr. Tony Mkpang, Linus Odigba, Dr. Godwin Igile, Kenneth Ndoma-Egba, Samuel Willie, Obitam Ettah, Barr. Venatius Ikem, and Mr. Ernest Irek, all from the Central Senatorial district of the State where Senator Ndoma-Egba comes from.

He said that the PDP in the state would have suspended the Senate leader, Victor-Ndoma-Egba and member representing Ikom in the House of Representatives, Chris Eta, but do not have the power to do so.

They have referred their case to the National Assembly.

Jonathan Holds Closed-Door Meeting With PDP Caucus Members

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on last night met behind closed-doors with caucus members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the State House, Abuja.

At the meeting were the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Senate President, David Mark, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba And Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi.

Governors at the meeting that started about 8.30pm, were Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) And Theodore Orji (Abia).

Others at the meeting were the PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, PDP Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, former PDP chairman, Ahmadu Ali, PDP Board of Trustee (BOT) Secretary, Walid Jibril.

Also at the meeting were the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali, PDP National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.

The meeting ended at about 10.30PM and the Delta State Governor and his Abia State counterpart said it was mainly about working out the details of their timetable towards the 2015 electioneering.

The BOT meeting of the party will also hold at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday night ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party slated for Thursday at the PDP National Headquarters, Abuja.

Nigerian Senate Demands Total War On Boko Haram

SenateThe Senate has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to declare total war on the Boko Haram insurgents.

This resolution was taken after an extensive debate on the state of insecurity in the country.

Coming back from recess, lawmakers immediately got down to work and the motion on “Threat to National Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Nigeria by Insurgents”, was moved by Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba.

The Senate, after its debate, resolved that the President declaring a total war on the Boko Haram sect was the only way to put an end to their terror acts in the country.

They noted that Boko Haram itself had launched a full scale war against the Nigerian state when it “moved from kidnapping, killing of people and destruction of property to occupation of parts of Nigerian territory.”

The Senate President, David Mark, in his speech touched on the growing atrocities of the Boko Haram sect and the need for decisive action on the part of government.

He said that it was not time for trading blame but for a united front against the insurgents.

Senator Mark stated, “There is no difference between what Boko Haram is doing against Nigeria and what an enemy country waging war against Nigeria would have done.

“The issue is beyond that of mere internal security. It is about how we execute the war. If Boko Haram has captured most parts of the country we represent and has created a caliphate, it means that some of the senators from those areas can no longer be in this chamber. This is why we must pay urgent attention to the matter.”

On the impact of the insurgency on Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, Mark said, “There is no question of election, it is not even on the table now. We are in a state of war. All of us cannot carry guns to fight, but we all have roles to play in bringing the situation to an end.”

The motion was passed unanimously with the Senate resolving to send a delegation to President Goodluck Jonathan on the matter.

The House Of Representatives also considered a motion on the matter and resolved to also meet with the President.

This was after the House went into a closed door meeting that lasted over one hour.

Senate To Probe Boundary Demarcation Exercise In Cross Rivers State

Senate_ChamberThe Senate has mandated its Committee on States and Local Governments to investigate the demarcation of the boundaries between Nigeria and Cameroon in Boki Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State.

The Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, brought a motion on the floor of the Senate warning of an impending border crisis between Nigeria and Cameroon if the matter was not addressed.

Senator Ndoma- Egba said that there was anxiety in the area over the recent activities of the Joint Technical Team of the Nigeria Cameroon Mixed Commission, who went to Danare and Biajua communities in Boki, Cross Rivers State, aided by Nigerian soldiers to arbitrarily enforce demarcation of the boundary between the two countries.

Senate President, David Mark, however, cautioned that the Senate needs to investigate the matter before making any resolution on the boundary demarcation exercise.

The demarcation of boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon by the United Nations (UN), if approved, could cede about eight local governments to Cameroon.

Senator Tinubu Faces Senate Panel Over Comments

Oluremi_tinubuVice Chairman of the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Senator Oluremi Tinubu is to face the senate committee on ethics and privileges to explain statements credited to her about the activities of the senate.

On Thursday June 26, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), faulted a comment made by Senator Tinubu, over her criticisms of the upper chamber and its leadership in the media.

Ndoma-Egba drew the attention of his colleagues to some newspaper publications on the interview granted by Tinubu where she reportedly condemned “the rot” in the Senate.

The senator, who represents Lagos Central Senatorial District, had alleged that the actions of the Senate leadership were always sympathetic to the People’s Democratic Party-led executive arm of government.

Ndoma-Egba said, “I would have brought this matter on the first day of our resumption but for respect for the memory of our departed colleague, Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta.

“Today, therefore, is my earliest opportunity to raise it.

Tinubu, at a media parley, to mark her third anniversary in the Senate said activities in the upper legislative chamber were depressing because its leadership had failed to address a lot of pressing national issues for partisan reasons.

She accused the Senate leadership of pandering to the wishes of the executive arm of government which is led by the PDP.

“Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, as I said before, I’m a Senator first and foremost and by the grace of my colleagues, a member of the leadership of the Senate and to the best of my knowledge, Senator Tinubu has never raised any concern with me or with the leadership on the activities of the Senate.

“I think it is most unkind, it is most uncharitable for a distinguished Senator who has the opportunity of raising concerns with her colleagues, not doing so and going straight to the media to play to the gallery.

“So, I object very, very seriously to the comments made by Senator Tinubu and I want to submit that my privilege, as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been breached by the said Senator.”

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session referred the matter to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Senator Ayo Akinyelure, a Labour Party member representing Ondo Central.

Ekweremadu said, “This matter is referred to the committee so that they can have Senator Tinubu present her own side of the story and if possible, invite the newspapers which published the stories.”

He mandated its committee on ethics and privileges to look into the matter and report to the Senate for consideration in two weeks.








Senator Ndoma Urges Government To Hasten Highway Projects

Victor-Ndoma-EgbaThe Senate leader, Victor Ndoma Egba, has urged the African Development Bank (ADB), International Communities and the Nigerian Government to speed up the completion of the multi-billion naira highway project along the border community between Nigeria and Cameroon Republic for onward use.

The access road, when completed, he said, would facilitate African integration and international trade within African countries under its purview.

While speaking to pressmen in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State, South South Nigeria, during an inspection visit to the site of the project, Senator Ndoma expressed satisfaction at the quality of the ongoing project.

He noted that the provision and construction of roads bring multiple socioeconomic benefits to the rural areas and results in forming a strong backbone for the agro-based economy.

According to him, 10,269km Lagos-Mombasa, eastern half of the highway had been completed through Kenya and Uganda, while a major section of the road in Nigeria, the 240km stretch from Enugu-Bansara-Mfum border with Cameroon, was ready and in use.

Since most Africans cannot solely rely on water transportation, many people depend on road transport for movement even with business transactions, which is the basis for the construction of the international road stretching through many African countries.

A maintenance programme for the international road has been instituted to ensure that it lasts and remains usable for many decades.

Bill Prohibiting Chemical Weapon Passes Second Reading At The Senate

SenateA Bill that will prohibit the manufacture, production and distribution of chemical weapons in Nigeria has passed the crucial second reading on the floor of the Senate.

Deliberations on the Bill on Wednesday started after Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba told the Senators that when made law, the use of harmful chemical weapons that could cause death within Nigeria would be it eradicated.

Senator Ndoma-Egba, in the lead debate, said: “The Bill seeks to establish a body that would serve as the national focal point for effective liaison with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons”.

He said the Bill would empower the proposed body to liaise with other State Parties to the Convention and to ensure that Nigeria fulfilled her obligations under the Convention.

“The proposed law will facilitate the destruction of chemical weapons production facilities and monitor the conversion of such facilities to other uses,” he said.

Contributing to the debate, Senator Smart Adeyemi urged Federal lawmakers to give accelerated passage to the bill, considering the current security challenge facing the country.

After an attack on a community in Benue State in March by suspected Fulani herdsmen, there were reports of alleged use of chemical weapon by the herdsmen, as one of the survivors and a Vigilante Chief, Emmanuel Ifam and the Commissioner of Police, Adams Audu, gave accounts of the suffocating effect of the alleged chemical weapon.

The Benue State Government had ordered an autopsy on the corpses recovered from invaded villages for verification of the allegation.

The Senate is looking to forestall a repeat of such attack with the chemical weapon.

Senate Sets-aside Debate On State Of Emergency, Summons Service Chiefs

SenateThe Senate has stepped down the debate on the extension of emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

President Goodluck Jonathan had sent a request to the National Assembly seeking an extension of the state of emergency in Nigeria’s north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe by six months.

The Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma- Egba, who was to move the motion for the extension of the emergency rule in the three states asked federal lawmakers to step down the debate until another day, to allow the senate review the success or otherwise of the emergency rule which has been in effect since May 2013.

To this end, the senate has summoned the service chiefs and the ministers of defense and police affairs to appear before lawmakers at plenary to explain the security situation in the three North Eastern states.