We Need Stronger Bonds For Better Niger Delta – NDDC Chairman

The Chairman designate of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Chiedu Ebie, has urged Niger Delta stakeholders to forge stronger bonds and collaborate to pave the way for a brighter future for the oil-rich region.

Speaking during a reception in honour of Dr Samuel Ogbuku by the Yiba-Ama (Oruma) Community at Yiba-Ama School Field in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the in-coming NDDC Chairman said that the event was an endorsement of the collective commitment of Niger Deltans to realising the full potentials of the region.

A statement on Sunday, 5th November 2023 signed by the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, said that Ebie, who was represented as Chairman of the occasion by the Executive Director Projects designate on the NDDC Board, Chief Victor Antai, observed that the gathering was a testament to the respect and admiration people have for Dr Ogbuku.

He described Ogbuku as “a true visionary and a dedicated individual whose contributions to the development of our region are commendable,” adding: “ We are privileged to have him as the MD/CEO of the NDDC, a position that reflects his commitment to fostering growth and prosperity in the Niger Delta.

“We celebrate Chief Ogbuku not only for his achievements but also for his unwavering dedication to the betterment of our region. Through his visionary leadership, we have witnessed tremendous strides in infrastructure development, community empowerment, and sustainable growth.”

In a welcome address read by the Secretary of the Planning Committee, Chief Ishmael Emein, the Yiba-Ama Community applauded the efforts of Ogbuku in transforming the Niger Delta region.

The NDDC Executive Director Projects, Chief Victor Antai,(left) congratulating the NDDC Managing Director, Chief Samuel Ogbuku during a reception by Yiba-Ama (Oruma) Community at Yiba-Ama School Field in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

They said: “The Yiba-Ama community, his maternal home, has honoured him with a chieftaincy title, Ama Tondi 1 of Tugbeni (Oruma) Land, meaning the one that lightens the community. Surprisingly, just after he was appointed the MD of the NDDC, solar light is now shining in almost every community. This is a man with an open heart who loves the region.

“We reiterate our implicit confidence in the capability and ability of our son, Chief Samuel Ogbuku to perform his duties efficiently, effectively and creditably. He has a track record in public service. If we add this to his youthfulness, energy, vibrancy and high sense of reasoning, then we present to you not only a competent and consummate personality but also an amiable and considerate individual.”

Conferring the traditional title of Ama Tondi 1 of Tugbeni on Ogbuku, the Paramount Ruler of Oruma Community, King Pere David Amakiri, described Ogbuku’s leadership in NDDC as impactful and exceptional. He commended him for demonstrating zeal and determination in driving the process of development.

In his acceptance, Ogbuku said that the honour done to him was an expression of appreciation by his people and a mandate for him to do more in developing the Niger Delta region. He noted: “I have been recognized as an ambassador of my people. I am happy that members of the NDDC Board are here with me because we have decided to work as a team. The new Board is made up of highly experienced people from diverse fields. Collectively, we will facilitate the urgent development of the Niger Delta region. I can assure you that this team is committed to the transformation of the Niger Delta region.”

Ogbuku thanked the people of the Yiba-Ama Community for recognizing his contributions and honouring him, stating that Yiba-Ama, his mother’s community, had always identified with him even during his political travails.

In his goodwill message, the Deputy Chairman Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Francis Olushola Aloa, said the Yiba-Ama community was blessed to have Chief Ogbuku as their son. “He is a visionary and a go-getter. You have a great son to be proud of,” the monarch declared.

The Oba, who commended Ogbuku’s achievements so far in the infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region, had earlier joined him and some members of the Commission’s in-coming Board to inspect the newly constructed Ologi Community Internal Road, in the Oruma community.

The rigid pavement road, with concrete drains and solar-powered street lights, complements the 23.5-kilometre Otuasega-Obedum-Emelego regional road and bridges, also being constructed by NDDC to connect several communities in Bayelsa and Rivers states.

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