Former governor of Akwa Ibom state has stated that it would be the best for Akwa Ibom state to receive Nsima Ekere as a state for what he has already achieved for the state as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Attah stated this while making a remark during the thanksgiving and reception service in honor of the NDDC boss at Ikot Abasi on July 23, 2017.
Obong Attah suggested a reception for Mr. Ekere by Akwa Ibom people, saying, “I want to appeal to Akwa Ibom people. He has come here to thank God by himself. We must call him to appreciate him.”
The former Governor, Obong Victor Attah, also reviewed the achievements of Mr. Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director of the Niger Development Commission (NDDC) in the last eight months and declared that he has brought joy and hope to the people of Akwa Ibom State.
While still speaking at the thanksgiving service of Mr. Ekere and his family, conducted by the Methodist Church Nigeria, Ikot Abasi on Sunday, Obong Attah said the NDDC boss had done the state proud.
“This thanksgiving is not just ordinary thanksgiving. You can see the outpouring of support for a man who has successfully restructured NDDC. Akwa Ibom people are very proud of him. Akwa Ibom people say Nsima Ekere has brought a lot of joy and hope to the people,” he said.
The Leader of Ibibio Nation reasoned that having done well at NDDC, Mr. Ekere could be entrusted with more responsibilities.
His words: “Nigeria is talking about restructuring today. If Nsima Ekere can successfully restructure NDDC, there is every possibility that he can restructure a few more institutions.”
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, who was accompanied by the President of Akwa Ibom Community in Jos, eulogized Mr. Ekere as a true friend and brother and prayed God to continuously bless him and his family.
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, represented by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Engr. Segun Oni, congratulated Mr. Ekere and his family for his success story at NDDC and expressed optimism that the NDDC boss will completely turn round the commission.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, represented by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Senator Patrick Nwaoboshi, said Mr. Ekere’s thanksgiving service symbolized unity in the country as it brought together Nigerians from across ethnic and partisan lines.
The service was attended by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani, the Minister of State, Prof. Claudius Daramola, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, the representatives of the Governors of Bayelsa, Delta and Imo States, Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, a cross-section of the political class in Nigeria, monarchs, clerics and captains of industry, among others.