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.
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.
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Ifeatu Agbu writes from Port Harcourt, Rivers State.