NDDC WILL ACHIEVE ITS CORE OBJECTIVE UNDER CHIEDU EBIE LEADERSHIP, – Steve Ashien, Ika Weekly Newspaper Publisher
…Describes the Legal Luminary As The Best Man For The Job
The Publisher, Ika Weekly Newspaper, Mr. Steve Ekiri-Mekiriuwa Ashien, has described as befitting the latest appointment of Barrister Chiedu Ebie, the new Board Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), adding that under his watch, NDDC will achieve its core objective of attracting a democratized infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement dated Wednesday, August 30, 2023, personally signed by him and made available to newsmen in Agbor, Delta State.
According to the statement which was issued on behalf of the Editorial Board and entire management and staff of Ika Weekly Newspaper, a community based Newspaper in Agbor, Delta State, Mr. Ashien said the latest appointment of Barrister Chiedu Ebie perfectly qualifies as the famous ‘round peg in a round whole’, noting that Chiedu Ebie is an astute leader whose performance remains both exemplary and legendary.
Ashien posited that the appointment stands as one of the best decision President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led Federal Government has made in recent time. Ebie’s latest rise to grace further confirms as true the time honoured saying that ‘a golden fish has no hiding place’.
Giving details as to why the appointment of the legal luminary is fitting, the Ika Weekly Newspaper Boss described Ebie as one of few authentic public office holders in the country that demonstrated passion for their purpose, practiced their values consistently and lead with their hearts as well as their heads.
An indigene of Agbor, Ika South LGA OF Delta State, Chiedu Ebie is a 52-year-old lawyer, oil and gas executive, entrepreneur and public servant. He served as the former Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in Delta State and later as Secretary to State Government (SSG).
He attended the University of Benin and the Nigerian Law School. He thereafter practiced law as a corporate and commercial lawyer in Lagos. He worked briefly in the legal department of Broad Bank of Nigeria and as Company Secretary of the holding company for one of the country’s major newspapers. He went ahead to become a partner at the law firms of Okonjo, Odiawa & Ebie, and Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors.
While at these firms, he also served as a part-time managing director for Millennium Oil and Gas Company Limited, eventually transitioning to a full-time role. Subsequently, he took on the position of managing director and chief executive officer of Millennium Oil and Gas.
As part of his new role in the oil and gas industry, he oversaw a Nigerian indigenous hydrocarbon exploration and production company, which maintains offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Ebie has been extensively involved in the development of this asset, with plans for commercial production from the Oza asset commencing in Q1 2015.
‘In view of the above facts, it is obvious that he is qualified for the job and the appointment eminently desirable. He understands the terrain and that makes him the best man for the job. The statement concluded.