President Jonathan Appoints first female NDDC MD


The President has appointed the first female interim Managing Director (MD) for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
She is Christiana Atako.
Before now, she was the Director of Education, Health and Social Services of the Commission.
Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, conveyed the President’s decision to Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Tarilah Tebepah, in a letter he read at the board’s valedictory session last week.
According to the SGF, Atako’s appointment takes effect from August 7.
He directed the outgoing MD to hand over all the commission’s property in his possession to the Acting MD.
Atako’s appointment comes on the heels of the expiration of the tenure of Chris Oboh as MD.
Atako, a pioneer staff of the NDDC, was Assistant Director and Acting Head of Community and Rural Development Directorate at the inception of the commission.
Before then, she was Assistant Director and Head of Public Affairs Department of the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) from 1995 to 2001. Subsequently, she became Deputy Director, Community and Rural Development; Head, Corporate Affairs and Director, Community and Rural Development.
Atako is a first class honours graduate of English from the University of Sokoto.
She also holds a Master’s degree, a doctorate with emphasis on Social Psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Public Relations as well as two postgraduate certificates in Cross-Sector Partnerships and Conflict Resolution Skills.


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