The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities has hailed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for reappointment of Dr. Sam Ogbuku as Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other appointments from the region.
The Ethic Nationalities also applauded Mr President for repositioning the Board of Commission
The Ethnic Nationalities thanked Mr President for retaining the Management Team of the Commission led by Ogbuku which had exhibited notable competence within the short period; prior to its dissolution.
The Regional Ethnic Nationalities stated this in an open letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, sighted on Sunday.
They thanking Tinubu for key appointments of their sons and daughters
They commended the President mostly for reappointing the Managing Director, NDDC, Dr Sam Ogbuku and Chairman, NDDC Barr. Chiedu Ebie
The Open letter was signed by the National Chairman, PANDEF, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, President Ijaw National Congress INC, Prof Benjamin Okaba and Leader, Coalition of Niger Delta Women, Lady Annkio Briggs.
The stakeholders applauded the President for appointing men of proven records and calibre’s of persons into the board
“It behooves on us, as appreciative Niger Delta people, to express our profound gratitude by publicly thanking you Mr. President, for your kind gestures.
“It is also worthy of mention how elated we are for the caliber of individuals you assembled for the new board. This has given us high hopes in the future of the Niger Delta”, the letter read in part.
The Open letter described the Chairman, NDDC Board, Barrister Chiedu Ebie as a man with enormous wealth of experience, key player in the oil and gas sector with credible antecedents, one who cares about the development of the region.
It further noted that the reappointment of Ogbuku as Managing Director, NDDC had changed the narratives in the commission and the region at large,
The letter noted that Ogbuku’s reappointment would bring sustainable partnership, engender global best practices and corporate governance in a bid to reposition the Commission for global business acceptability, robust public-private partnership, such as partnership with Chevron and other multinationals towards citing tangible projects in the Niger Delta.
According to the groups such partnerships as with KPMG has positioned the board for global best practices, corporate governance, adding that recent signing of a pact with NLNG will maximize impact of development in Niger Delta
The Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities said Dr Ogbuku’s reappointment has demonstrated that he is a round peg in a round hole and has been deepening stakeholders’ engagement in line with his commitment to the President and the people of the region, promoting federal government’s developmental agenda on one hand, rekindling the hope and confidence of the people, as well as uniting ethnic nationalities towards regional cohesion.
“On the personalities on the new Board, we can categorically say, we have a good team in the saddle as they look flawless to us and we pray they don’t yield to the trappings, niceties and the appurtenances of the office and other negative corrupt influences in the future.
“We therefore, thank you, Mr. President, for giving the Niger Delta people, and indeed the Niger Delta region, a purposeful Board and Management team.
“We recognize the support and cooperation of the Senate President, our own Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, who with an uncommon precision made the screening process seamless but with dexterity”
“Your Excellency, posterity will not pardon us, if we fail to draw your attention to the unremitted funds due the Commission over the years from both the public and private sector, as this has greatly hindered the Commission from achieving its set objectives hence, we solicit your kind intervention in this regard”.
The regional leaders thanked Tinubu for appointing credible personalities from the region as Ministers and others into positions.
The stakeholders solicited for more appointments for other qualified and dedicated sons and daughters from the region to positions of trust in his cabinet.