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NDDC, Akwa Ibom State Government Set Template For Collaboration

The Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Samuel Ogbuku; Chairman, Governing Board of the NDDC, Mr. Chiedu Ebie; Akwa Ibom State Representative in the Board, Apostle Abasiandikan Nkono; and other states’ representatives, directors, and management staff of the Commission visited Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, at the Hilltop Mansion ahead of the Commission’s two-day retreat billed to hold at the Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.

The visit underlined the importance of synergy between the Commission and the State Government as both strive to better the lot of the state.

NDDC and Akwa Ibom State development
Gov Umo Eno in a warm handshake with Akwa Ibom Representative in the NDDC Board, Apostle Abasiandikan Nkono.

The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, acknowledged the Governor’s efforts to offer effective leadership and collaborate with federal agencies to drive development in the state.

According to him, “Akwa Ibom State, as one of the key states of the NDDC, has turned out to be the destination for conferences, seminars, etc. because of the hospitable nature of the people and the world-class infrastructural prowess of the state.”

This, he said, was a result of visionary and result-oriented governance in the state.

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He added, “We have followed keenly the developmental strides of your administration since inception, particularly in the areas of agriculture and aviation.”Truth be told, Ibom Air has become the number one choice for most air travellers.”

Akwa Ibom Representative in the NDDC Board, Apostle Abasiandikan Nkono

The Chairman explained that for the mandate of the Commission to come to fruition, “it is pertinent that we enhance collaboration with state governments and work very closely.”

“We want to collaborate with you and ensure that projects that will be attracted to the state will be on a need basis with inputs from the Akwa Ibom State Government,” he announced.

NDDC and Akwa Ibom State

Responding, Governor Eno appreciated the board’s resolve to partner with the state government to achieve its mandate.

The governor, however, condemned what he termed the “stand-alone approach of previous boards in carrying out projects in the state that did not yield good results” and hoped the current board would change the narrative.

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He observed that the status of the NDDC office was not befitting of the Commission’s status and announced his willingness to allocate an office at the 21-story Dakkada Towers to the Commission at a discounted rate.

The two-day retreat will be held at the prestigious Four Points by Sheraton in Ikot Ekpene from Friday, February 9, to Saturday, February 10, 2024.




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