. MD/CEO of NDDC, Nsima Ekere & wife addressing the congregation during a thanksgiving organised in his honour at Ikot Abasi, weekend
Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, National Chairman of All Progressives People’s Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun, Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor have congratulated the Managing Director of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere and the people of the state at a thanksgiving service in his honour on Sunday saying, the unity of the country is greater than individual interest.
Saraki, who was represented by the National Assembly Committee Chairman on NDDC, Peter Nwabuche said, with the celebration of the NDDC Managing Director, Nsima Ekere by Nigerians from all walks of life today, the unity of the country has started.
Nwabuche, who said, ‘‘as you can see I belong to the PDP while Nsima Ekere is an APC. So, we are working together and we believe that is the only way we can make Nigeria better irrespective of the political or religious leaning.
‘‘Therefore, we must remain together as one and pray for one Nigeria’’.
The APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, who was represented on the occasion by the former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni thanked the people of Akwa Ibom State for the honour done to their distinguished son and NDDC Chief Executive Officer, Ekere and family and prayed God to lead him to deliver the dividends of his commission to the expectation of Nigerians by turning the agency around for the benefit of the people.
On his part, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and apostle of resource control, Obong Victor Attah appreciated the Church and the people of the state for honouring Mr Ekere saying that, the thanksgiving was more than obeying a Biblical injunction.
According to him, ‘‘Akwa Ibom people are so proud of him because he has not put them to shame. ‘‘Ekere has brought joy to us because he is able to restructure NDDC’’ adding that, if he can do that, there was the great possibility at another level if given the opportunity and appealed to the people of the state to call him to appreciation.
Earlier, Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Dr Samuel Uche urged the National Assembly to increase the funding of the Niger-Delta Development Commission to enable it intervene on the development of the region.
He charged the NDDC boss to see his appointment as a service to humanity and not to accumulate wealth for only himself and family.
“The National Assembly should appropriate enough funds for the Niger Delta Development Commission so that they can service the nine states evenly,” the Prelate said.
He called on Nigerians not to vote for politicians who preach division and acrimony in 2019 noting that, “only those who deliver when they are given office will come back in 2019.
“Any Government that give us water, electricity quality health facilities we will vote for them.
“We have enough for our needs, we don’t have enough for our greed.”
He accused those wishing President Muhammadu Buhari death as wicked, adding that Nigerians should pray for the president and all leaders in government for wisdom to lead the country aright.
The NDDC Managing Director, Obong Nsima Ekere during his thanksgiving conducted at the Council premises at Ikot Abasi Local Government headquarters said that, the Grace of God had been sufficient to him and his family and urged leaders to see their office as opportunity to give back to the people.
He said that God would always think good of him irrespective of what his detractors may wish him.
According to him, “I am very grateful to God for His Grace has always been sufficient to me and my family.
“I want to encourage everyone that, irrespective of what people think about you, what is important is what God think of you”.
Ekere called Nigerians to support President Mohammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government and others in positions of authority for the growth of the country.
The event was attended by members of the National Assembly and other political stakeholders within and outside the state, representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Commissioners of Police, DSS, former Governors, Deputy Governors, top echelon from NDDC, business Executives, Traditional rulers, women and youth groups across the state amongst others.