The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe, on Thursday paid a courtesy call on the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, stating that he was there to introduce himself formally to the state chief executive.
At a brief meeting at Government House, Yenagoa, being the first between the two chief executives, the NCDMB boss said he was at home in Bayelsa State and that he desired collaboration with the State Government. According to him, “I want to work closely with you to ensure our projects in Bayelsa State are completed,” to the mutual benefit of the Board and the State.
He emphasised his determination to work with the Bayelsa Governor, stating “If we have any difficulty, I’ll always comeback to you.”
In his response, Governor Douye Diri assured the new Executive Secretary, whom he described as “action-packed,” that the State Government would continue to collaborate meaningfully with the NCDMB. He told his guest: “We have to work together to ensure that your being here will add value to the lives of the people of Bayelsa.”
Continuing, he declared, “The State Government will provide what you need to succeed,” while urging the NCDMB boss to explore areas where the Board could facilitate investment and improved business activities in the State.
Governor Diri expressed his delight at the ongoing construction of the three-star NCDMB Conference Hotel, Swali, adjacent to the imposing 17-storey Nigerian Content Tower, corporate headquarters of the Board, noting that the facility, when completed and functional, would add to the tourist attraction of the state capital.
He drew the attention of the NCDMB Management to the long-abandoned multi-storey Tower Hotel in Yenagoa, and revealed that the State Government is looking for investors who would be willing to take it over on terms that could be negotiated.
He pleaded with the NCDMB to ensure that Bayelsa State hosts major events organised by the Board. “Let international conferences be held here in Yenagoa,” he told Engr. Ogbe.
On the entourage of the NCMDB boss were Alhaji Abdulmalik Halilu, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Naboth Onyesoh, Esq, Acting Director, Legal Services, and Mr. Esueme Dan Kikile, Esq, General Manager, Corporate Communications Department (CCD), among others.