By Emmanuel Sampson
The ambience of Ibom Hotels & Golf Resort, Uyo came alive Saturday 10 October, 2020 with beehive of activities as golfers number over 500 converged under the aegis of Professionals Golfers Association (PGA), to celebrate with one of their college. Engr. Simbi Wabote on his reappointment as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), by President Muhammad Buhari.
Speaking with journalists, the celebrant Engr. Wabote said his friends (Golfers), gathered to celebrate him on his reappointment became of his success story in NCDMB which has make the president to have confidence in him for his reappointment.
The former Shell Director, thanked president Buhari for trusting in his intellectual prowess, hinted that he will do more to justify the confidence reposed on him.
“The expectations is very high, I want to assured Mr President that with me at the top management level of NCDMB, significant changes will be recorded. I will take local content Board to an enviable height.”
He further explained that, he will key into the President’s agenda of taking local content to the long awaited Eldorado, with reference to the newly completed ultra modern 17 storey building housing the headquarters of Nigerian Content Development and monitoring Board, located at Swali, Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, noting that the building was constructed using mostly local sourced material and labour, which according to him has created vast opportunity for artisans skill development.
Wabote commanded the management of Ibom Hotels and Golf for carving a niche for themselves in hospitality business, maintained that it is the best in the country, “my experience here is fantastic, it is simply the best in the country, the green are well kept, I will recommend it any day any time to Golfers in the county.”
On his part, Mr Emmanuel Ekong, Chairman, Equatorial parks and premises Ltd, a member of IBB golf club, whom the company is saddled with the maintenance of Ibom Golf course, said he his satisfied with service his company has rendered to their clients on the golf. He poured encomium on former Governor Obong Victor Attah who designed the place to be the best in Africa.
In addition, Ekong noted that, they are doing their best in areas of maintenance to keep the place among the top global brand when it comes to golf, “If my players are happy we are happy, that is why we give our best despite the little resources accrue to us, we give our best, I thank Governor Udom Emmanuel for making resources available for maintenance and the synergy is we enjoys is perfect.”
In reaction, one of the golfer identified as Marry-Ann Udoka, a member of Ibom Golf club, described Engr. Simbi as the right man for the top job, attributed it to his down to earth personality and commitment to service delivery. She thanked President Buhari for rewarding hard work, said Mr. Simbi will bring his experience and professionalism to bear in the discharged of his assigned responsibility.