The Managing Director-Designate of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere has joined eminent Nigerians to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mr. Umana Okon Umana, as the Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Authority, describing it as meritorious.
Ekere, in a message of appreciation to the President said, it was clear that Mr. Umana was chosen on merit given his education, experience, exposure and capacity.
He pointed out that, Mr Umana had earlier demonstrated all those attributes while serving Akwa Ibom as Director Budget, Permanent Secretary for Finance, Commissioner for Finance and two terms Secretary to State Government before joining the gubernatorial race in 2015 on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The NDDC MD designate hailed Mr. Umana as an outstanding economist, a consummate administrator and an astute politician and expressed confidence that he would deliver on the new assignment which he described as challenging.
He thanked President Buhari for the remarkable recognition accorded Akwa Ibom State and the Niger-Delta region as a whole with the latest appointment.
The incoming NDDC boss urged the people of the Niger-Delta to continue to support President Buhari, assuring them that the President was determined to tackle the problems of the region holistically.