The Methodist Archbishop of Calabar, Most Rev. Efiom Ekpenyong has charged members of the Board and Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to strive in order to be different as that was the way to make a remarkable impact on the lives of the people of the Niger Delta. He gave the advice on Sunday at the Wesley Cathedral, Calabar, while preaching a sermon in a special service tagged a "Solemn Assembly" in honour of Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, the chairman of the NDDC Governing Board and Sir (Barr.) Bassey Dan-Abia, the commission's Managing Director.
Most Rev. Ekpenyong said that in being different, the NDDC leadership must be ready to be led by God and not other people, noting that what would make the difference in leadership was a good disposition to the standards of God.
He, therefore, cautioned that much as the leaders grappled with the pressures of office, they should resist working with the standards of man. "Expect pressures from different quarters, but always be led by God, so as to find the right path," the Archbishop admonished.
In his remarks during the church service, Sir Dan-Abia, said that the church was the fit and proper place to begin any important assignment because one could only find strength in God's house and since all powers belonged to the Almighty. He said that as a knight of the church and thus a soldier of Christ, the solemn assembly was only the beginning of a prayerful journey in the quest for excellence.
The NDDC Managing Director stressed the need for members of the Governing Board of NDDC to work harmoniously to avoid unnecessary rancor that could slow down progress. "The message we are sending out is that the new NDDC board is working as one family. The entire board is fully represented in the church today and we are united in the drive to ensure the realization of the lofty goals of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration," he said.
Also speaking at the church service, Senator Ewa-Henshaw, said that it was significant that the NDDC Board members were coming together in a solemn assembly on a Palm Sunday, which marked the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem. He said that in the spirit of the season, the Methodist Church Nigeria had just concluded a Synod at Uzuakoli in Imo State, with the theme "moving forward."
According to him, "we are set to move NDDC forward. As Moses led the people of Israel to move forward, the new board of the NDDC will move the Niger Delta region forward."