By Adeboye Ado
A socio-political group, Continuity for good governance, CGG, has described the newly appointed Director of Project in the Niger Delta Development Commission, Engr. Charles Ogunmola, has round peg in a round hole.
The group made who this known in a statement sent to Trace News Magazine on Thursday, commended President Buhari for constituting the NDDC board.
The statement which was signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Falarungbon Fisayo, Princess Iji Ayeola, respectively, urged all stakeholders to put the past behind and forge ahead for the interest of Ondo State.
The statement read, “Continuity for Good Governance, one of the frontline groups that ensured victory for the second term in office of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, the governor of Ondo State join the good people of Ondo State to congratulate Engineer Charles Ogunmola on his appointment as Executive Director of Project in the Niger Delta Development Commission- NDDC.
“Mr. Charles Ogunmola is a graduate of Bendel State University. He obtained his post graduate certification in Management from Kingston University Business School and a post graduate diploma in Management Studies.
“He is a holder of master’s degree in marketing management & Strategy from Middlesex University, UK. He has post graduate qualifications in Technology, Management& Strategy and several other trainings and certifications. He is a highly resourceful ICT Operations / Business Support Systems Executive who combines Master’s Level Management Education with twenty six years hands-on ICT/Telecoms/Financial Services/Management experience.
“His career started with British Telecom Plc as a Commercial Officer & Manager, and other organizations including AT& TEurope, First Telecom, Sanderton Airport Services Limited, Globacom(GLO), and Chief Technology Officer of IEI Investments Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle setup for the takeover, recalibration and re-launch of Societe Generale Bank Nigeria Ltd, now known as Heritage Bank Limited.
“He was Chief Technology Officer overseeing UBA’s Group IT. And was appointed as MD/CEO of Afri-Pay Limited (UBA Mobile money) an investee company of UBA Plc. Charles Ogunmola is currently the MD/CEO of TechShop Limited, a position he has occupied since 2014.
“ Our interest and agitation are and that of other well meaning Ilajes and Ondo State indigene for good governance, fairness and equity and to have a credible and forthright Ondo State indigene irrespective of ethnic background to occupy any of the Executive positions in the Commission. We have been on this for 21years!
“Our various agitations stem from the fundamentals of the NDDC Act which gives component states in the Commission equal opportunity to benefit from the rotational arrangement of the Commission’s Executive positions according to the quantum of production.
“Ondo State have been denied any of the three top positions in spite of various constitutional demands.
“However, in the recent nomination into the NDDC Board, President Mohamadu Buhari has demonstrated again as a man known for his fairness, justice and the Rule of Law, positively activated the NDDC Act by listening to the demand and agitations of the people of Ondo State and gracefully nominated our own- Engr Charles OGUNMOLA as the Executive Director, Project. It is a dream come true for a State has been grossly marginalised since the inception of the NDDC in 2001.
“We commend the forthrightness and courage of President Muhammad Buhari for constituting the NDDC Board with the appointment of credible and resourceful personalities to the Board.
“However, we implore all stakeholders to join hands with this personality to bring succour to the people.As usual, it is normal for few individuals for selfish reasons or whatever to raise issues anytime a courageous decision like this is taken, but now that it has been done, which is for the good of the people, we call for the cooperation and understanding of the entire people for the benefit of all, particularly, the people who bear the brunt of the environmental challenges as a result of oil explorations.