Still basking in the euphoria of his re-appointment as managing director of the NDDC, Dr Samuel Ogbuku has said that he will like to be remembered as someone who was not just a boss but the person who was a father, a good brother and a husband to staff of the commission.
He also said he would like posterity to note him as that managing director who was able to enthrone a regime of transparency and accountability in the commission and urged the staff to give him all the needed support.
Ogbuku was first appointed as MD late last year. But a few months after, the board was dissolved when the Bola Tinubu government came into office. He was however re-appointed to manage the commission pending the constitution of a fresh board.
For some days, he managed the commission alone, before the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs empowered the two executive directors-projects and finance/administration-respectively, to join him.
And then a few weeks into the life of that management team, the federal government constituted a new board and Ogbuku was named the managing director, while the executive directors were shown the way out.
At a meeting with staff of the commission for the first time aster his third appointment as MD, Ogbuku praised the executive directors who were ousted, for contributing to the growth and progress of the commission. He also hailed the directors who were retired from service. He said
To the staff, he said “I might have the ideas but I also need the input of directors and staff and to bring these ideas to fruition. We would work together to make Mr. President proud.We need to record more successes in this new dispensation. I believe that working together, we can get better results.
“I want to be a servant leader and I need the feathers of NDDC staff to fly to greater heights. I, therefore urge the staff to support my vision for the Niger Delta region.”
He said further: “I acknowledge and thank the recently retired Directors for their commitment and sacrifices to ensure that our ideas for development come to fruition. To the staff, I want to assure you that I remain indebted to you as you mean well for me. Thank you for reaching out to me at all times.”
He stressed the need for the various directorates in NDDC to work as a team. “I do not want directorates to work in isolation or at cross purposes anymore. Let us try and synchronize our programmes,” he said.