PORT HARCOURT – Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), Dr Samuel Ogbuku, has revealed the Commission’s modalities in partnering Port Harcourt Club to boost social activities in the Rivers State capital.
Speaking when members of the club executives paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, Ogbuku said the Commission was open to a sustainable relationship that would bring back the past glory of Port Harcourt city, so that the present generation would be proud that social life in the Garden City was revived in their time.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer recalled with nostalgia the serene atmosphere created by the older generation, insisting that such beautiful scenery would be revitalised to keep the old memories alive.
Ogbuku who assured that the present generation would not allow social activities in the city to stagnate or retrogress, promised to galvanise progressive residents of the city to pull resources together to build a society that would be stronger and socially active.
According to a statement by the Commission’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni on Thursday, Ogbuku used the opportunity to request for the revival of the W.W. White football tournament amongst secondary school students in the state.
Ogbuku, who recalled while growing up in the city of Port Harcourt, noted that it was through the football competition that students in secondary schools were brought together in the state to socialise.
On his part, President of the club, Hon. Soberekon Dikibo, while congratulating Ogbuku on his reappointment as the Managing Director of the NDDC, applauded President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, for making the right choice and described him as a true Port Harcourt man.
As a mark of honour, the leadership and members of the Port Harcourt Club conferred on the NDDC Managing Director an Honorary membership of the Club.
Dikibo while conferring the special membership on Chief Ogbuku, said though membership follows a strict process of nomination and subscription, it was customary of the club to offer the membership to deserving public officers such as service chiefs and heads of selected Federal parastatals serving in the state.
The Port Harcourt Club, founded in 1928, is family-oriented sports and recreational club South of the River Niger. It has been in existence for nearly a century and has over 1,800 members.