In recognition of his efforts in boosting agriculture and food productions, as well as fight against insecurity in the Niger Delta region, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA), Tonye David-West has been conferred with ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award by the Independent Magazine Publishers Association of Nigeria (IMPAN).
Speaking during the presentation of the award in Port Harcourt, the President of IMPAN, Prince Ubaka, said David-West has contributed immensely in achieving the change mantra of the Federal Government, through youths empowerment and agricultural advancement.
Ubaka said the NDBDA boss was chosen for the honour after its investigations and holistic appraisal on the authority’s impacts in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said David-West deserves to be encouraged to do more and also to motivate other administrators in the region to work towards developing the region.
“We observed your outstanding performance in the region where you have engaged thousands of youth through direct and indirect jobs, the youths were trained, educated and empowered to upgrade their economic status and these has changed their mindset from crime.
“Your leadership has also assisted in providing portable water scheme, laboratory facilities that has impacted greatly on farmers in the State. This award is to encourage you to do more and as well, motivate other managers and administrators to the development of the Niger Delta Region.”
Responding, David West said the feat was made possible by the Minister of Water Resources, Adamu Suleiman, whose continual interest in the region and support made it possible.
He said, the recognition would spur him to do more to improve the lives of people of the region.