Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji
Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, has commended the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), for bringing free health care to the people of Abia and the Niger Delta region.
Speaking at the flag off of the free medical programme at Ugba Community Health Centre, Ugba-Ibeku, in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state, Orji, who was represented by the state First Lady, Mrs. Mercy Odochi Orji, said the programme was a lofty one, which aimed at boosting the medicare of rural dwellers.
Responding, the Managing Director/CEO of NDDC, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha thanked the state government for creating an enabling environment for the success of the programme, promising that NDDC will not relent in its effort to make a difference in the lives of the people. Ugwoha was represented by the Special Assistant to the MD/CEO on Finance and Investments, Mr. Aham Uko.
“The free health programme of the NDDC also includes the roll back malaria programme where insecticide-treated mosquito nets are given to pregnant women and nursing mothers to combat the menace of malaria fever, as well as HIV/AIDS counseling and the general health care programme,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ugwoha has been commended for mentoring the youths of the Niger Delta region by building their capacity in various skills that will enable them operate within the oil and gas industry.
Speaking during the presentation of an award for Management Excellence in community-based development programmes in the Niger Delta Region on Ugwoha by the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), President and Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) (Chartered), Mrs. Saley Adukwu–Bolujoko, said Ugwoha should continue to demonstrate courage to ensure the success of his initiatives.
“I congratulate you for what you are doing especially mentoring the youths,” she said, adding: “We like you to keep exhibiting courage, in exhibiting courage, exhibit competence and in competence, chase knowledge wherever you can find it.
Saley stated that the greatest currency in the world today is neither the dollar nor the pound sterling but knowledge. She said: “Knowledge is the most valuable currency of the world. If you have knowledge, they won’t push you over, but you will push them under. We will support you at all times.”