NewsReel 5/9/13 - Otive Igbuzor: The Making of A Leader

 [ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] – There is a time in a nation’s history that nature throws up a leader that will be able to guide the nation right to greater heights. Such leaders have leadership entrusted to them to lead the nation from a state of despair, anguish and economic backwardness to a state of certainty, security, abundance and peace. Some individuals may not know the God given qualities they are endowed with but circumstances call for their attention through which they discover themselves and assume their divine mission.


One of such leaders in Bible history was Moses. When the Israelites were in slavery in Egypt and there seems to be no solution to their problem, God raised Moses.  Moses never understood his mission hence he ran away to a foreign land until God showed him his mission on earth – to lead the Israelites to freedom.


God raised David when there was despondence and fear in the land. The Israelites under Saul were living in perpetual fear of their neighbours. David, though young was able to liberate his people. His reign ushered in one of the best periods in the nation’s history.


Winston Churchill came at the right time to challenge the Nazi Germany machine of Adolf Hitler. He was able to rally the nation that was living in fear of the Germans to victory.


Chief Obafemi Awolowo came at the right time to lead the Yoruba race to light through his educational policy. Today, the rest of the nation is still playing catch up with the Yorubas in terms of education.


Leaders emerge at certain times to set the nation right and to keep the ship from drifting away. Delta State has not had it so bad. It is a poor state in the midst of plenty. 


 It is like the proverbial man living by the river side yet washes his hands with spittle. Insecurity is in the air. There is youth restiveness in most parts of the state. Kidnapping is rampart. Robberies have become daily occurrence. Kidnapping has become another major investment in the state.  Investors are therefore scared of investing in the state. The result is the high level of unemployment we are witnessing today in the state.


Basic infrastructures are lacking. The roads are in terrible shape. Abandoned or uncompleted projects are now part of the aesthetics in the state. Compared to other states, Delta State is on the decline in terms of infrastructural development.


 The health sector is in a terrible state. The hospitals are still consulting clinics. The infant mortality rate has not decreased. Drugs are not available. The people still consult quacks and purchase fake drugs to treat their ailments.


The educational sector is in a near state of collapse. Though there cosmetic attempts at rehabilitating public schools, dilapidated school buildings is still a common sight. There are no furniture for the pupils. The laboratories are either ill equipped or not equipped at all. The standard is falling. Performance in external examinations is getting worse by the day.


In short, Deltans have lost hope.  They do not know where to turn to for a savior that will deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians. They have been searching for the individual that will deliver them. Even when they find, their votes are not made to count. It is at such period of despair and gloom that God sends someone capable to rescue such a state. Such a man is Dr Otive Igbuzor.


Dr. Otive Igbuzor was born on 5th September, 1963 at Ugono-Orogun in Ughelli North LGA of Delta State. The father, Late Mr. Igbuzor Eruemukohwarie Etiemonu hails from Emonu-Orogun paternally and Ugono-Orogun maternally all in Ughelli North LGA. The mother, Late Mrs. Omohwovo Igbuzor hails from Ugono-Orogun paternally and Kokori  in  Ethiope East LGA maternally. 


Dr. Otive Igbuzor attended Ugono Primary School, Ugono-Orogun from 1970-76 and finished with merit honours. He spent only four years in secondary at Baptist High School, Eku (1976-1980) having been given double promotion from class one to three for his excellent academic performance. He obtained his West African Examinations Council School Certificate in June, 1980 with Division one.  During the 1980/81 session, he was at Higher School in Government College, Ughelli. In 1981, he gained admission into the University of Benin, Benin City to read pharmacy. He graduated in 1986 with a bachelor of pharmacy degree with second class, upper division. In 1992, 1997 and 2004, he bagged Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science in Political Science (International Relations) and PhD Public Administration respectively all from the University of Maiduguri.


Dr. Igbuzor started out his career as a pharmacist. After graduation in 1986, he worked as a pupil pharmacist from 1986-1987 at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City. From 1987-88, he did his national youth service (NYSC) at Awo-Omamma Community Hospital in Imo State. On return from NYSC, he worked briefly as a Superintendent Pharmacist of Oliha Chemists in Benin City before he moved to Maiduguri in Borno State in 1989. He worked as a superintendent pharmacist for only two years at Curtis Peoples Pharmaceutical Chemist Ltd  after which he set up his own pharmaceutical company-Francotive Pharmacy Ltd in 1991. He was Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1991-1999. He was the inaugural secretary of the Nigerian Association of General Practice Pharmacists (NAGPP), now Association of community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in Borno State and later became the Chairman of the association. He was also Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). As a leader in the pharmacy profession, he contributed immensely to the fight against drug abuse and misuse and fake drugs. He was a professional to the core and a promoter of the ethics of the profession. In recognition of his meritorious services, he was given a merit award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Borno State. It was his desire to contribute to the transformation of society that he made a complete career change into the development sector.


Dr. Igbuzor

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