Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in his speech at the closing session of a two-week course on leadership, performance management and induction of NDDC top officials in Abuja, addressed the newly promoted directors.
This was according to a statement signed by the Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni.
The Managing Director urged the newly promoted directors to make a difference in the discharge of their duties and move NDDC to greater heights.
He stressed that the essence of training the newly promoted directors was to ensure that they took the administrative knowledge acquired back to the commission in order to make a difference for the overall benefit of the region. He added that the provision of quality services to the people of the Niger Delta is a collective responsibility and should be given priority.
“I want the directors to take back the knowledge they have gained to others in the NDDC to better appreciate their roles and understand the expectations from them. We want to do things differently, we want to improve on our services, we want to take up challenges, we want to start with the staff first to ensure that all the staff are properly trained and they understand their roles.”
“As new directors, you need to understand your roles and understand your boundaries. You also need to understand your strengths and understand when to use them and when not to”, he added.
“Civil servants should understand that they are not politicians. So, they should not be getting involved in political affairs that will bring destabilization in the commission. I believe you must have been able to understand your boundaries and areas where you should not get involve.
“Over the years we have seen a situation whereby the staff of the NDDC seems to be more of politicians than the staff of the NDDC but as directors who have been inducted into Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON). I believe that you are not only going to be ambassadors of NDDC, you are also going to be worthy ambassadors of ASCON,” he said.
We hope for the best from the newly promoted directors.