Excitement has trailed the appointment of Dr. Samuel Ogbuku as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Ogbuku was among those who made the list of the new board and management team members of the Commission, approved and appointed by Tinubu.
By this appointment, he will be retaining his position as the Managing Director of the NDDC.
The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta MOSIEND, on Wednesday, commended the president for re-constituting the NDDC board.
Speaking in an interview with TNN, the National President of the pan Niger Delta group, Mr. Kennedy Tonjo-West, expressed appreciation to the presidency for what he described as heeding to the appeal of Niger Delta stakeholders by retaining Ogbuku as Managing Director.
Tonjo-West explained that, “retaining Ogbuku has shown that Tinubu is a listening leader and sensitive to the aspirations of the Niger Delta region. We are grateful to President Tinubu for the reconstitution of NDDC board and retaining Dr. Samuel Ogbuku to lead the management team as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.
“Mr. President exercised great discretion in exempting NDDC from the dissolution of boards by retaining Ogbuku to keep running the NDDC until this revalidation. The stakeholders from the region applaud President Tinubu for this gesture which will ensure continuity in the development of the region.
“We congratulate Ogbuku and urge him to remain focused and leverage on his expertise as a development expert and justify the confidence reposed on him by the President.”
The MOSIEND leader also noted that, “Tinubu choice of appointees for the NDDC was based on merit and we hope that the team will drive a credible development process.”
Tonjo-West called on the people of the Niger Delta region to rally support for the Ogbuku led NDDC and the federal government by maintaining peace for development to thrive.
MOSIEND National President advised those he accused of been in the habit of frivolous attacks on leaders to have a rethink and channel their energies to positive causes that will bring developments to the Niger Delta.
Tonjo-West stressed that, “Ogbuku’s leadership is already repositioning NDDC as people of the region have rekindled hope that the commission will meet the developmental needs of the people.”