FROM GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, FRCN PORT HARCOURT
The Chairman Designate, Board of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Mr. Chiedu Ebie has assured of rapid development in rural communities in Niger Delta region.
Mr. Chiedu who made the commitment in Oruma Community Bayelsa State, during a reception in honour of the Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, said that the board would work in synergy to improve the social and economic well-being of the people.
Yiba -Ama school field Oruma, venue of the event was filled to brim as the residents, youths, women and elders trooped out in a carnival-like spectacle, to welcome one of their own, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, for his reappointment to oversee the affairs of the interventionist agency and for citing projects in the locality.
Addressing the gathering, the Chairman Designate, Board of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Mr. Chiedu Ebie described the appointment of Dr. Samuel Ogbuku as a blessing to Niger Delta region as efforts would be made to facilitate rapid development in the region.
The Chairman designate who was represented by Executive Director Projects designate, Mr. Victor Antai, gave assurance that the board would work in synergy for the benefit of the people.
In an address from Oruma Community, presented by the paramount ruler, king Pere Amakiri but read by Chief Ishmael Jacob, the people expressed confidence in Dr. Ogbuku’s ability to bring development, having made remarkable impacts in Niger Delta region since his appointment.
He described Dr. Ogbuku as one with a track record of excellence, hence the consolidation of the chieftancy tittle of “Ama-Tondi-ONE”, meaning Someone who brings light.
Responding, Managing Director Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku said that the honour given him was a call for more responsibility to ensure the development of the rural communities in Niger Delta region.
Dr. Ogbuku who led the guest to inspection of projects in the community before the commencement of the occasion noted that the board members are experienced having served in various capacities in different areas.
While appreciating the residents, he remembered in nostalgia, his time in Oruma community as s child, which contributed to his growth and development.
On his part, Deputy Chairman Oyo State Council of Obas and chiefs, Oba Francis Olusola was optimistic that as a visionary leader, the MD would not dissapoint the confidence reposed on him.
As a demonstration of their commitment, the board members made a donation of ten million naira for Oruma community development.
Side attractions at the event were performances by different dance troupes as well as traditional wrestling contest.