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DNKI Frowns At Misconceptions About Activities . . . Holds NEC/NAC Retreat In Bayelsa

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De Norsemen Klub International (DNKI) has held its National Executive Council (NEC) and National Advisory Council (NAC) Inauguration and leadership retreat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, with the theme: “Accountability As A Tool For Good Governance – DNKI In Perspective”

The new NAC leadership has Mr Oliver Patrick-Ityohegh (Aso MP) as Chairman, Dr Chidex Eze (St Catalina MP) as Vice Chairman and Dr. Ojong Bassey
(St Tamandu) as Secretary while for NEC, the International President of DNKI, Chief (Engr) Chidi Anokwu is Chancellor, Chief Akpabio Essien is Chairman while Senator Okemea Nnachi- Uka is the Secretary.

The three-day event witnessed a medical check/outreach, meet and greet, interactive session with the International President, Patrol Officers, stakeholders and delegates, All White Pool Party,, NAC meeting/elections, novelty football match as well as a courtesy call on His Royal Majesty, King (Capt) Frank N. Okurakpo, Odhe the second, of Okugbe Isoko Kingdom in Sagbama LGA of Bayelsa State.

Speaking to newsmen after the retreat, the International President of DNKI, Dr Chidi Anokwu, charged the new executive to be proactive by abiding to the principles of the organization and shun every tendency culpable of demeaning the Klub.

He expressed believe in the capacity, experience and competence of the new executive to take the Klub to greater heights.

He said “I trust the new executive, one thing I know for sure is that we are already cruising, I can tell you that this is the best team any leadership ever had in DNKl take it to the banks. Without minsing words, this team will produce results that we have never had before.”

The DNKI boss, while explaining some of the roles of DNKI, said they provide humanitarian services to the society, and called on members not to relent in providing succour to the vulnerable people in the society and as well to love one another.

On the misconception about DNKI, he reiterated that the Klub has carried out various developmental projects for people to see and attributed the misconceptions on mischief makers who don’t mean well for the organization.

He further assured, that his leadership will not rest on its oars to correct this misconceptions, hence, he promised that in no distant time the society will differentiate them from others trying to thwart the goodwill of the Klub

His words “This organization is seen from different perspective, people bear our name, people answer our name, saying they are Norsemen, but we know they are not Norsemen, people want to copy us, mind you is only good fruit that people steal, if the fruits are not good people will not steal them.

“They keep calling us bad names while we excell, prosperity is what we have come to inherit, but I want to assure you with time it will get rid off .

Also, the host and Guv’nor of the Bayelsa State Chapter known as Adaka Marine Patrol, Chief Anthony Oboghor, said the aim of the retreat was to discuss the role of the leadership, capacity building of members and operations on how the organization will move forward.

He mentioned some developmental projects embarked by the organization in Bayelsa to include, installation of street lights, traffic stands, provision of drinking water in some communities, receptacles in Yenagoa.

According to him, DKNI, also provide other services such as enlightenment campaigns on drug abuse, provision of items like foodstuffs, toiletries,, mosquito nets, slippers and more to orphanages, the Nigerian Correctional Facility as well as providing stipends to the elderly, payment of fines for prisoners, blood donation among several others.

“We are like a signboard, the more they see us the more they say truly this people practice what they preach, you can see how we organize our retreat peacefully, by October we have our humanitarian day, before then we must have done many more projects. He noted”

He said a lot went into planning the retreat and thanked God for making it a huge success, while also appreciating Chief Chidi Anokwu for the immense role he played in creating the enabling atmosphere for the successful hosting of the all-important event as well members of the state chapter who contributed their resources and energy to host what has been widely called the best retreat so far.

‘To my International President, I day thank you for your unwavering support, advice, prayers and encouragement. I pray God continues to bless you with more wisdom and good health/sound mind to continue to pilot our noble organization to heights never attained before. To all delegates across the various patrols who thronged Adaka MP for the past three days, I say thank you for adding colour to the event. You have left a lasting memory in our hearts which will be with us forever. Let us continue to work together to ensure the growth and success of DNKI” He said.

The retreat lecture titled: Family Budgeting “Indaba-Doxa”: Let The Believers Help The Unbelievers, MBOK! was delivered by Professor Emmanuel Sabastien Akpan, of Banking and Finance Department, Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

Highpoint of the event includes cultural display by the award winning Bayelsa State Arts and Culture and award presentation to some deserving members and personalities who have contributed meaningfully to the development of society and growth of DKNI.

They include, International President of DNKI, Chief (Engr) Chidi Anokwu, who was honoured with an Award of Excellence in recognition of his Innovative Leadership, Pastor Peace Belema-George and Dr Samuel Gambo jointly received the Life Time Impact Award, Mr Ndunupere Owonaro and Mr Maurice Enarebebe also jointly received an award in recognition of Life of Service to DNKI/Adaka MP,

Others are Chief (Dr) Samuel Ogbuku, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) who was a recipient of the Award of Excellence in Leadership, former Bayelsa State Information Commissioner, Barr. Esueme Dan-Kikile Esq. received an award for inspiring young generation, immediate past International President of DNKI, Chief (Dr).Adeshola Giwa was also honoured with an
Excellence Award for Setting The Pace For DNKI while Engr. Solomon Olali was presented eoth an Achievement Award for making Adaka MP number One Patrol.

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