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Youths hail Buhari over Onwude’s appointment as NCC official

By Agosi Todo, Calabar
27 December 2019   |   3:41 am
A socio-political group, South-East Youths Development Initiative, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing one of its own, Uche Onwude, as a Non-Executive Commissioner of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).

President Buhari. Photo: TWITTER/NIGERIAGOV

A socio-political group, South-East Youths Development Initiative, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing one of its own, Uche Onwude, as a Non-Executive Commissioner of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).

In a statement yesterday in Calabar by the coordinator, Chinedu Eze, the group said the appointment was a “clear indication of Mr. President’s belief in the capacity of youths to drive the developmental agenda of his administration.”Expressing confidence in Onwude’s competence, the body noted that the appointment was a recognition of hard work, patriotism, passion and commitment to the Next Level agenda of the current administration.

The statement read in part; “This is an appointment that is well-deserved. It is a confirmation of hard work and reward for excellence. In no time, his achievements in his new responsibility will be appreciated by all and it would be clear that we have a square peg in a square hole.”

The youths also commended the “remarkable performance of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, in his efforts to rebrand and reposition the communication sector.”They added: “Mr. Onwude, in 2018, was appointed by Mr. President as a member representing the South East zone on the Governing Board of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).“He was also appointed to serve as member, Field Operations Directorate of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council in the 2019 general elections.

“Mr. Onwude earned a B.Sc in Accountancy from Enugu State University of Science and Technology and an MBA from Nnamdi Azikiwe University. His rich and illustrious professional career, spanning over 18 years in the downstream oil and gas sector of the Nigerian economy, has seen him serve as Account Officer in MRS Oil and Gas Co. Ltd; Financial Controller and subsequently General Manager, Finance and Administration at Northwest Petroleum and Gas Company Ltd. as well as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer at Aximites Energy Ltd.”

The group further said: “He is also the Chairman of Omenka Foundation, a reputable non-governmental organisation actively involved in education (by providing scholarships) and health (by providing medical interventions and outreaches) in rural areas.“Mr. Onwude is a member of various professional bodies, including, but not limited to: African Business Roundtable; Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Energy Institute (MEI) London.

“He is a United Nations Ambassador of Peace and has received various awards and recognitions of excellence, humanitarianism and philanthropy, including the African Business Roundtable’s prestigious honour of Humanitarian/Inspirational Award of Excellence in Paris, 2015. His appointment is indeed well-deserved.”