Monday, 7 September 2015

NDDC board sues President Buhari

The sacked board members of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), led by Sen Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, have sued President Buhari for sacking them.The board through their counsel Mr Ebun-Olu Adegborowa, is contending the inclusion of the NDDC board in the circular ordering the dissolution of boards of federal parastatals, agencies, institutions.They board members dragged the President before the National Industrial Court. They said their tenure was supposed to last for four years-December 16, 2013 to December 15, 2017.

 The board members say “By virtue of the NDDC Establishment Act, the Governing Board of the commission cannot be dissolved, either through the letters dated July 16, 2015, Ref. No. SGF.19/S.81/XIX/964 and July 23, 2015, Ref. No. SGF.55/S.2, respectively, or in any other manner that constitutes a violation of sections 2,3,5 and other extant provisions of the said NDDC Act.” They want the court to “Declare that the letters respectively, are ultra vires, ineffective and ineffectual to ground the dissolution of the 4th Governing Board of the NDDC and the same are invalid, null and void and of no effect whatsoever, in so far as they relate to the dissolution of the said Governing Board." 

Also, they are demanding “An order forthwith re-instating the claimants as members of the 4th Governing Board of the NDDC in compliance with their respective letters of appointment and sections 2, 3, 5 and other extant provisions of the NDDC Establishment Act and to direct the second defendant to pay all allowances, benefits and perquisites to which the claimants are otherwise entitled.”

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