The Ezue Obhan Anyama, in conjunction with the Council of Traditional Rulers in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has bestowed what it considers a prestigious chieftaincy title on the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Samuel Ogbuku. The group described him as a light shining on all Niger Delta communities.
Speaking on behalf of Ezue Obhan Anyama during a grand reception in honour of Ogbuku at Onuebum Ultra-Modern Playground in Onuebum Town, the chairman of the central planning committee, Olali Marline Ebe, said they had “implicit confidence in the ability of Ogbuku to perform his duties efficiently, effectively and creditably.”
He stated: “Ogbuku has shown courage, astuteness and firmness, becoming even more determined and committed in providing purposeful, focused and visionary leadership. This is targeted at ensuring peace to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.”
While conferring the traditional title of “Edi I of Obhan Anyama Kingdom,” (Pillar of the Kingdom) on Ogbuku, the traditional ruler of Obhan Anyama, King Omie Theophilus said that it was in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the development of the Niger Delta region.
In his acceptance, Ogbuku said that the honour given to him was a call to higher service to the people.
He restated the commitment of the NDDC to make a difference in the region, reassuring that he would continue to work hard to build more pillars that would re-enforce the structures set up to drive the sustainable development of Nigeria’s oil-rich region.
In his remarks at the occasion, the former Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, said he was delighted that the NDDC under the leadership of Ogbuku was making resolute efforts to ensure that all communities in the Niger Delta region were electrified through solar power.
He affirmed Ogbuku as someone imbued with enormous capacity. “You should, therefore, continue to support him. The office he is occupying is not an easy position; the nine states in NDDC are struggling for his attention.”
Other notable personalities at the ceremony included the NDDC Executive Director, Finance and Administration designate, Boma Iyaye; the NDDC Representative for Bayelsa State, Dimaro Denyanbofa; the Representative for Rivers State, Tony Okocha, as well as the Representative for Abia State, Dimgba Eruba.