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Behind The Power: Unlocking The Force Behind NDDC’s Governing Board – Exclusive Profiles Revealed!

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Chiedu Ebie: The Technocrat And Beacon Of The Niger Delta Region

Mr. Chiedu Ebie, the newly appointed Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), is not just a lawyer but a seasoned technocrat who represents transformative leadership for the Niger Delta Region.

His vast experience and innate capabilities make him well-equipped to combat the enormous challenges ahead and leave a monumental impact on the development of the Niger Delta Region.

Mr. Chiedu Ebi

He was born into the family of Professor John C. Ebie, a respected psychiatrist, academic, and pioneer Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). This rich pedigree is the foundation of his illustrious career, propelling him to amass over three decades of varied experiences from the private and public sectors.

With an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Benin, a certificate of call to the Bar from the Nigerian Law School, and a postgraduate diploma from the University of London, his academic credentials are just as impressive.

His journey as a corporate and commercial lawyer saw him offering advisory and transactional services to diverse multi-industry clients. Delving into the intricate world of startups, specifically in the oil and gas sector, he managed an indigenous upstream company operating in the Niger Delta.

As a man of results, his tenure in the public sector was marked by efficiency and the breaking down of bureaucratic barriers. He introduced and implemented government policies through processes that translated into a seamless, result-oriented working environment.

Before long, recognition came in droves for him, particularly by former Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, who lauded him as his most outstanding appointee during the third anniversary of his first tenure when he served as Commissioner for Education (Basic & Secondary). This accolade culminated in a higher responsibility. He became the Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG) during Okowa’s second term. In this dynamic political environment, his calm demeanor, humility, and strategic insight became a source of guidance and stability, further solidifying his reputation as an invaluable asset to Delta State.

He stands out as a vivid patch in the vast tapestry of Nigerian governance and development. His humility, unwavering commitment to knowledge, due process, and teamwork place him at the forefront of driving change and making pivotal decisions.

Demonstrating his leadership skills, he co-convened the Delta Unity Group (DUG) aimed at promoting unity and harmony within the political domain of Delta State. This structure was crucial in grassroots mobilization for progressive candidates during the 2023 general elections.

As he takes the reins of the board of NDDC, his vision for the Niger Delta Region is clear and promising. It is a vision that seeks to improve and change the outlook of the commission while at the same time rebuilding trust and confidence among critical stakeholders.

Chiedu Ebie is a leader, reformist, and architect of progress, ready to shape a brighter and more prosperous future for the Niger Delta Region.

Chief Samuel Ogbuku, Ph.D: A Visionary Leader And An Icon Of The Niger Delta Region

Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is a visionary leader, committed to transforming the Niger Delta region.

He has proven to be a steady hand behind the wheels of the commission that has assumed its rightful place as a vehicle to drive the socio-economic development of Nigeria’s oil-rich region. The man, described as a capable leader and navigator, was born on August 19, 1975, to parents from Ayakoro in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Chief Samuel Ogbuku

Ogbuku boasts an impressive profile spanning over twenty years of experience and expertise in crisis management and capacity building, spread across diverse fields of excellent human endeavour. His outstanding qualities shone so brightly that even when the NDDC Board was inaugurated on January 4, 2023, and was dissolved on June 19, 2023, he still bounced back as a recurring decimal when a new board was named on August 29, 2023.

Ogbuku, who returned to a loving embrace, charged the NDDC staff to gird their loins to make a difference in the Niger Delta. He said: “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 started his primary education at Christ the King School, Oromineke, D/Line in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1987.

He proceeded to Government Secondary School, Borokiri, Port Harcourt, obtaining the West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1993. As a student of the famous Government Secondary School, his earliest passion for how to help transform his beloved Niger Delta had begun to form.

Little wonder, therefore, that the young Samuel Ogbuku proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt to study Political and Administrative Studies, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Sociology, Industrial Relations, and Personnel Management in 2002; a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Political and Administrative Studies in 2013, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political and Administrative Studies in 2021.

Dr. Ogbuku has occupied several important leadership/development and management positions in a storied career with many remarkable accomplishments. These include serving as Personal Assistant to the Special Assistant to the Minister of State, Petroleum from 2005 to 2007, Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, from May 2007 to January 2012, as well as the Managing Director/CEO of Fulfilled Farms Nigeria Limited, from February 2012 – 2019.

A product of the Niger Delta struggle, a student union activist and one-time Public Relations Officer of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Central Zone, Dr. Ogbuku, has always shown deep concern about the plight of the Niger Delta region. Hence, the Ogbia-born strategist and administrator has deep knowledge and insight in conflict resolution, youth leadership development, and personnel management in the Nigerian economy’s private and public sectors.

As a humanist, he has continually demonstrated the zeal to positively affect the lives of his people, evidenced when he served as Chief of Staff under the Chief Timipre Sylva administration in Bayelsa State between 2007 and 2012.

A passionately focused and self-motivated entrepreneur, he takes investment in agriculture very seriously. There is growing hope that his tenure will bring necessary changes towards improving agriculture and aquaculture in the region in ways that will positively impact the people’s traditional livelihoods.

Dr. Ogbuku often says that his long years of service and tutelage have broadened the sphere of his experience and deepened his understanding of what it takes to improve the living conditions of the people of the Niger Delta.

Based on his excellent and practical knowledge of the region, he believes that engaging youths in dialogue and making them participate in valuable activities and education will go a long way in addressing the challenge of youth restiveness.

Until he was appointed Managing Director/CEO of the NDDC, he served as Senior Special Assistant on Niger Delta Affairs to the then Deputy President of the Senate, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege. He is also a Traditional Ruler (Deputy Paramount Ruler) of Ayakoro Town, Ogbia LGA, Bayelsa State. He continues to be a bridge-builder across communities in the state and the region.

Undoubtedly, Ogbuku is well equipped with vast intellectual resources and practical experience to strengthen the NDDC and execute its mandate in ways that will remarkably and fundamentally make a difference in the Niger Delta region.

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Access Holdings Gets New CEO To Replace Wigwe 

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Bolaji Agbede

By John Michael OJo

Following the death of its Co-founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Herbert Wigwe in a helicopter crash on Friday night in the United States, Access Holdings Plc on Monday appointed Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings.

This was made known in a statement by the company’s Board of Directors dated February 12, 2024.

The statement which added that the appointment was subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria, reads: “Further to its announcement dated February 11, 2024, the Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc (‘the Company’) has today announced the appointment of Ms Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the unfortunate demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Herbert Wigwe, on February 9, 2024.

“The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria,” the statement read in part.

Agbede  who joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consultancy services.

She has also served in different roles at the bank including, Head, Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022 before she was appointed the company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022, a role she held until her new appointment

Agbede who commenced her professional career in Guaranty Trust Bank, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Cranfield University UK in 2002.

She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

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Ogun Constitutes Ambassadors To Intensify Efforts On Investment Drive

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L-R: Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (Ogun State), Mr. George Onafowokan; Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo; Special Adviser, OgunInvest, Ms. Sola Arobieke; Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Adebola Sofela; Zonal Director, Nigeria Investment Promotion Council, Mr. Hassan Lawal, at the OgunInvest Ambassadors Network Inauguration and Orientation Course held at OgunInvest Office, Isheri, Ogun State.

Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has inaugurated a 12-man committee of Ogun Invest Ambassador Network to create a robust and seamless working relationship between government and investors, for businesses to thrive.

Governor Abiodun, during the inauguration and orientation course for the ambassadors, at Ogun Invest Office, Isheri, in Ifo Local Government Area of the state, said the initiative was a landmark in the history of the state, as it would make a huge difference to the growth of current and potential investors willing to do business in the state.

He explained that the ambassadors would be responsible for enlightening investors on how to harness the opportunities that abound and what they stand to gain by doing business with the state, adding that their role is pivotal in building bridges, fostering collaboration and attracting investors that would propel the state to new heights.

Governor Abiodun, represented by the Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo tasked the ambassadors to sharpen their communication skills, charging them to make accountability and transparency their watchword.

The state’s helmsman disclosed that the government would, on a regular basis, carry out an evaluation performance on them through private organisations transacting business with the state, promising that those who performed well would be compensated accordingly.

Speaking, Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Adebola Sofela, who admonished them to be diligent, in making Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency a success, described them as a link between government and investors, saying a proper regulatory framework would be established to earn investors trust and respect.

Identifying the calibre of people in the network chain, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan, noted that a new lease of life would soon commence in the state investment journey, expressing the hope that their selection would ensure a critical turning point in the investment atmosphere of the state and charged them to bring to bear their professionalism in the course of enhancing the industrial sector

Earlier, the Special Adviser on Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency (Ogun Invest), Ms. Sola Arobieke, said the initiative was part of the drive to attract investments, enhance ease of doing business and carry out the service of a one-stop shop, to ensure access to relevant information and streamline processes for investors in the state, pointing out that the Ambassadors Network is a team of dedicated individuals from different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), saddled with investment-related functions, to ease the settling of investors and investments into the state.

On his part, the Managing Director, Coleman Technical Industries Ltd., Mr. George Onafowokan, who spoke on, “Promoting Investment Through Service Excellence”, said the selected ambassadors should see their nomination as an opportunity to serve and see themselves as representatives of the state front liners at giving investors excellent service and be ready to drive both existing and potential investors through excellent service delivery

The 12 ambassadors inaugurated include Consultant, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Fatai Adeboyejo; Deputy Surveyor-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mrs. Halimat Yusuf; Director, Physical Planning, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs. Felicia Aleburu; Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr. Jolaoluwa Olugbemisola; Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Suraj Fashola; Director, Land Acquisition, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Anifowose Olatunji and Director of Commercial Services, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Olumuyiwa Ogunsanwo.

Others are Director of Environmental Quality Control, Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Mary Adeosun; Director of Geological Services, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Lekan Eniolawun; Director, Estate and Facility Management, Ogun State Property Investment Corporation, Mr. Olusola Abijo; Director, Estate, Housing Corporation, Mr. Nafiu Olaleye and Deputy Director, Local Government Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Olapemiju Quadri.

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IGR To Contribute N240Bn To Ogun’s N703bn 2024 Budget – Commissioner

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L-R: Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, Commissioner for Budget and Planning and Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan, during the year 2024 budget breakdown and media parley in Abeokuta, on Monday.

Ogun State intends to generate N240 billion as Internally Generated Revenue in 2024.

The Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo disclosed this during a comprehensive budget breakdown and media parley held in Abeokuta on Monday.

The state’s overall budget for the year is N703 billion, which has already been signed into law by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

Okubadejo said that the budget reflects the determined vision of Governor Abiodun’s administration to foster best-in-class governance, create a conducive environment for public-private partnerships, and achieve sustainable economic development while enhancing individual prosperity among its citizen.

He emphasized that the administration’s focal points which includes the facilitation of ease of doing business, institutional reforms, development of fiscal policy thrust, and the promotion of public-private partnerships was geared at boosting the economy of the state.

He added that the budget is strategically structured around key development pillars, encompassing infrastructure, social welfare, education, human capital development, youth empowerment, job creation, agriculture, and food security.

“Ogun State is ambitiously positioning itself to become the hub for industrialization, logistics, and knowledge—an aspiration integral to achieving the status of the most economically viable state in Nigeria and Africa and with its considerable land size, proximity advantages, ongoing industrialization, and robust infrastructure, is actively creating an investor-friendly environment,” he said.

In his remarks, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan emphasized the resilience and sustainability of the budget to ensure economic and financial independence for the state.

He noted that the budget would capitalize on internally generated revenue, which would give room for more capital expenditure for infrastructural development.

In his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, highlighted the media parley as a crucial platform for journalists to engage with key decision-makers with the objective of enhancing public understanding of the state’s achievements and future plans, aligning with Governor Abiodun’s ISEYA mantra.

He underscored the administration’s commitment to various economic indices, citing achievements in ease of doing business, revenue generation, national growth, and industrialization.

Akinmade noted that the media interaction was poised to catalyze dialogue, transparency, and public awareness, contributing to the overarching goal of sustained growth and development in Ogun State.

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