Seven children of Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, the policeman who lost his life while fighting courageously to abort an armed robbery attack on a bank in Owerri, Imo State last year, has been granted scholarships to university level by the Niger Delta Development Commission( NDDC).
The awards were made by the Managing Director of the Commission, Nsima Ekere, while being conferred with the Public Service Award at the Sun Awards in Lagos, Saturday, just as he also announced the donation of one million naira to the family of the deceased.
Ekere stated that the NDDC was working with state governments and security agencies to tackle what he called the very serious security challenges in the Niger Delta.
He expressed delight with the award, describing it as a validation of the efforts of the present board and management of the NDDC to uplift the Commission, make it more transparent, restructure its governing system, restore its core mandate and end the era of non-performing contracts.
The Publisher of Sun Newspapers, Dr. Orji Kalu, who presented the award, explained that Ekere was honoured in recognition of his development strides for the people of Niger Delta and Nigeria in general.
He noted that the presence of members of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Niger Delta at the ceremony showed that the NDDC boss was democratic in the way he administered the Commission.
Kalu charged Ekere to continue to deliver on his duties to the people of Niger Delta.