A brief remark by Sen Ndoma-Egba before his confirmation as NDDC Chairman

NDDC Chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba giving his briefing during his confirmation
NDDC Chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba giving his briefing during his confirmation
NDDC Chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba giving his briefing during his confirmation

Victor Ndoma-Egba is a man with unbeatable records as a politician and lawyer in Cross River State. In fact he appears to me the most accomplished man at 60 in cross river state of today.

The name Victor Ndoma Egba is a national name in Nigeria and Cross River State. Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma Egba remains the only politician with two National Awards of Cross River State origin. He is recognized with the honours of OFR and CON. He has distinguished himself in all that he sets out to do as a lawyer and a politician. At the end of every engagement, Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma has come out better and exceptional. Joining APC, Distinguished Senator Victor feels comfortable as an elder statesman than participating in elective positions. His sole desire is that the cross river state youth should brace up to responsibility and show commitment in self development. It is worthy of note that as early as 27 Victor Ndoma Egba had defined himself and become an independent man owning his own personal house and a car for himself and mother.

At 27 Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, doubled as a commissioner for works and transport and as an acting commissioner for justice. Besides he was the first Director of Food and Rural Infrastructure at same time. At this moment of service, there were only 9 commissions in the then old Cross River State comprising of the present Cross River State and Akwa Ibom.

Lawyer and Politician Senator Victor Ndoma Egba was born in March 1956 in Ikom, Cross River State. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978 and was elevated to the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2004. He has been chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Calabar Branch for three uninterrupted tenures; the longest serving Chairman of NBA calabar chapter as no one had beat his track record of service and proficiency. He stepped down as Chairman Nigerian Bar Association, Calabar Chapter on self volition despite pressure that he continues his good works. He also served as Chairman Calabar Chambers of Commerce. He has served as director of the Cross River Basin and Rural Development Authority and Commissioner for Works and Transport in his 27th year of birth.

Victor Ndoma Egba began his legal practice in Cross River State and practiced law solely in Cross River State before venturing into politics. He practiced his law in Ogoja, Ikom and Calabar and defined himself as a legal icon and rose to the position of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a member of the Body of Benchers. In his days of practice, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba was always seen in appeal court in Enugu and Supreme court. Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma Egba has vigorously fought for the representation of Cross River State in the judiciary.

Running as a PDP candidate, Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma Egba was elected as a Senator in the 5th (2003-2007) National Assembly representing Cross River State Central Senatorial District and was reelected in 2007 for a four a years term. He was a member Senate Committee on upstream Petroleum Resources, Human Rights and legal matters and information and Media. He also served as Deputy Chairman of Judiciary Committee and rose to the Majority Leader of the Senate.

In 2008, Ndoma Egba spoke in favour of the Nigerian Police Act which came into effect in April 1, 1943 and has essentially been unchanged since that time. In may 2009, he accused the Action Congress of Nigeria of the delay in listing 37 Local Council Development Area in Lagos State in the constitution, Bola Gbabijo however refuted these charges.

Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma Egba spoke passionately against the ceding of Bakassi and endlessly called for a compensation to Cross River State in perpetuity. He moved and championed the Freedom of Information Bill, one of the best bill in recent times. He also spoke passionately against the fraud in the administration of pension and called for pension reform.

In 2013 Distinguished Senator Victor spoke out against the ceding of Bakassi and 96 oil wells formally belonging to Cross River State and accused the National Boundary Commission of being responsible for the boundary crisis in Cross River State especially in it’s demarcation of boundary lines. He was reelected as a senator on April 2011 on the PDP platform, winning 143,537 votes while the runner up of ACN Patrick Iwara gained 47, 005 votes.

More recently, citing irreconcilable differences he quits PDP and moves to APC. To many this is mere opportunism but the reality was that Victor Ndoma Egba was treated as an Internally Displaced person in CRS PDP and was excludes for state party functions for about three years. Prior to his official resignation from PDP, Victor Ndoma Egba led a cross river state delegation to PMB to congratulate him and also present the CRS agenda. After his rejection and exclusion in cross river state politics, Victor Ndoma Egba became a strong bone in funding opposition politics in CRS politics and is positioned to install internal democracy in Cross River State politics.

Unlike noisy politicians that dot the Cross River State political space, Victor Ndoma Egba humanitarian works is done silently without embarrassing the integrity of those he offers assistance to. Victor Ndoma Egba has given more than 200 cars to different persons in his empowerment drive. This is in exclusion to provision of motor cycles and farm instruments to aid local farmers. He has influence the positioning of so many Cross River State persons in different National agencies. He has influenced the employment of more than 80 people in the pendency of his tenure in the Senate. Just recently he influenced the appointment of Hon Victor Abang as the SA to the Senate President on Political Affairs.

Victor Ndoma Egba is unbeatable in his scholarship local and foreign drive. No Cross River State politician has equaled him in terms of scholarship. In furtherance of his drive for education, Victor Ndoma Egba just completed a Faculty of Law complex in University of Calabar. Victor Ndoma Egba cannot be forgotten in the area of computer literacy in Cross River State, not only did he establish computer centres, he also provided computers in many schools across the Central Senatorial District. His transport scheme through the Sure- P project bears testimony to his contributions in the transport industry. He facilitated the trans border road that cuts through Abakiliki to Ikom and empties in the Cameroon.

Focused on the provision of Social amenities than stomach infrastructure, Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma Egba personally completed and commissioned numerous constituency project in Abi, Yakurr, Obubra, Etung, Ikom, and Boki

On the 20th of July 2016, Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba was nominated as Chairman NDDC commission and will be officially inaugurated tomorrow the 4th of November 2016. Congratulations the most Distinguished Senator.

Senator Victor Ndoma Egba is
happily married to Amaka Onono Ndoma-egba and blessed with three children

Joseph Odok
Social Change Agent

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