Ibim Semenitari's Appointment: Merit Has Overtaken Sentiment In Nigeria

By Solomon Okocha

The Patriots Alliance (TPA), sincerely commends President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing former Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, as the new Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). By this appointment, President Buhari has once again laid emphasis on achievement by merit.

As Patriots, we believe that Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, who is also a patriotic Nigerian and a proud daughter of the Niger Delta region, is a good hand for the job. Over the years, Mrs. Ibim has shown strong commitment to the service of God and humanity. We have no doubt in our hearts, that she will deliver good dividends to the oil rich region.

During her period of service as the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mrs. Ibim, directly and indirectly impacted the lives of the people of her region and Nigeria at large, through an examplary strict adherence to morals, ethics, and the law. Her person abhors corruption, bigotry, wastefulness, laziness, and disorderliness.

The new Acting MD, NDDC, Ibim Seminitari, is an award winning investigative journalist, editor and publisher who has worked for over 20 years with some of Nigeria’s and America’s leading titles. She has also worked as Journalism Trainer/Editor with the BBC World Service Trust.

She was the first Nigerian female journalist to win the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards. She won 2nd place, Print Journalism in the CNN African Journalist Award in 1997 for her reports in the Nigerian print media.

She is a two time winner of the Nigerian Media Merit Award and a three time winner of the Diamond Award for Media Excellence amongst several others. Besides being an award winner herself, Ibim is a mentor to several award winning journalists.

The Niger Delta region is in for good times ahead, as it will soon witness gigantic improvements in service delivery. The days of inflated, illusive, and abandoned NDDC contracts are over.

Solomon Okocha
For: The Patriots Alliance (TPA)
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