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Former 2nd Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Monday Ubani has extolled the exemplary leadership of the Minister of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

In a piece titled: “Akpabio's Perpetual Good Legacy Persists as Minister of NDDC”, Ubani wrote:

If there is anything that even the worst critics of Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, will agree with, is the fact that he possesses a magic wand that wherever he found himself in terms of political leadership, he leaves an indelible legacy that is difficult to match.

Recall that as a governor, he maintained an unrivalled excellent leadership in terms of development of basic infrastructures that the current governor of Ebonyi, His Excellency Engr. Dave Umahi, is trying hard to get to 40 per cent in terms of performance. His economic, political and social policies in Akwa Ibom for the eight years he occupied the government house is being studied by some countries that appreciate the revolutionary things he carried out during his tenure.

I am always proud passing through Uyo Airport anytime I travel to the Eastern Region. The reasons for using the State to transit for me are many.  Apart from enjoying the smooth and excellent road network from Uyo, passing through other local governments in that State  to my village in Ikwuano, Abia State,  I love seeing the beautiful houses, offices, supermarkets, people  and neat environment that the distinguished gentleman left as a legacy in the beautiful State of Akwa Ibom.

The summary of Senator Godswill Akpabio' leadership as a former governor is that he practically touched the lives of all and sundry in Akwa Ibom  for good in his eight years tenure. Only a few people may not agree with this assertion, but majority of Ibomites who I have interacted with have affirmed this position without batting an eyelid.

Furthermore as a distinguished Senator, he solely attracted several life changing projects to the constituency he represented for four years in the Red Chambers. His election as Minority Leader being a first timer to the Senate was unprecedented in our legislative history in the country. He bided for a return to the Senate but God, the destiny changer, designed another higher office as for him as Minister of Delta Niger Development Commission,  where part of his core responsibility include over-seeing what is going on at the NDDC, an interventionist agency set up by the Federal Government to address the inequalities in the region, but which has been turned into a "honey pot"  by greedy politicians from across the nation irrespective of ethnic, religious and political divide.

Upon assumption of office, the distinguished Senator started by revisiting all the abandoned projects by crafty contractors who, in connivance with previous leadership of the agency, squandered the wealth of the region with nothing to show for it.

He insisted on a forensic audit of all the previous  projects which invariably placed him in collision course with vested interests but his patriotism got  President Buhari enthusiastic in the forensic audit which, to the glory of God, has reached an advanced stage. The completion of the forensic audit will undoubtedly birth the emergence of a new board that will place the Agency on a clear, positive direction that will benefit the victimised region.


However, of utmost note, is two most notorious abandoned projects that the distinguished Senator inherited and fired by the spirit of love, care and responsibility for his region, have decided to religiously execute with precision to the admiration of all and sundry from the region, including those who are outside the region. The revival and the near completion of the ever lingering  East West Road in the region and the completion of the NDDC national headquarter at Port Harcourt which will be commissioned first week of March, 2021, deserves the widest publicity that It should attract from men and women of goodwill. 

I am a lover of good things and when I will see one, I will not refuse, fail and or neglect to shout it out. Senator Akpabio deserves accolades for pulling this through and he needs the congratulation of lovers of good things for this achievements.

It is on record that the construction of this Head office have taken several billions of naira  but was never completed by the previous leadership until Senator Akpabio took the mantle of leadership and like the zealot he is, he decided to thread his usual path of hard work and excellence.

As God will have it, the edifice shall be commissioned effortlessly by the President of Nigeria, President Muhammed Buhari GCFR, Thursday the 11th of March, 2021.

I join millions of Nigerians who have watched the spirit of excellence imbued in distinguished Senator Akpabio to congratulate him, congratulate President Muhammed  Buhari for the right choice he made of the distinguished gentleman as Minister of NDDC and Nigeria for having a worthy son in the person of Senator Godswill Akpabio whose political destiny God alone will determine in near future.

Monday Onyekachi Ubani, a Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Crusader is a one-time 2nd National Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association.

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