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

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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.

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Chiedu Ebie

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 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, dedicated and 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.

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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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