The character and values of some politicians in Delta state came under the searchlight of The People’s Movement, a group of prominent Deltans Thursday and the group did not mince words in asking the detractors of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to bury their heads in shame.
The group bemoaned the actions of some politicians, self- acclaimed human rights activists and community leaders, insisting that Governor Uduaghan’s decision to channel Delta State resources towards making life better for the ordinary citizens of the state was the reason for most of his problems with the elite.
Director of Communications for The People’s Movement, Mrs Ibifuro Tatua in a press release issued in Lagos, dismissed the allegation of marginalization by some ethnic leaders accusing the elite of promoting their selfish interest.
According to her, “If you don’t tar any road or build any hospital, so long as you are able to satisfy their personal needs, they believe you are the best” adding that “if you are a parasite trying to see that everything that comes in to benefit the society, you pocket it, you cannot be a friend to Governor Uduaghan”.
What Deltans need today, according to the group, is for them to look at the basis, particularly the governor’s three point agenda of peace/security, human capital and infrastructural development and then support him in taking the state to greater height, noting that Delta State is moving forward because of the governor’s decision to cut down conspicuous consumption and his effective deployment of state resources.
While appealing to those behind the abduction of the Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Hope Eghagha to release him, the group also announced its determination to work with other democratic forces to build a better future for the people of the state.
“We cannot achieve anything by jeering at each other and destroying our great state. The energies we dissipate in pointless controversies should be channeled into positive objectives” the group advised.
The statement further said they would meet with selected Journalists in Delta State next month to articulate its vision, find creative solutions to problems in the state, brainstorm ways of reporting the achievements of the governor and other great ideas that can make a difference and make Delta State far better
Ibifuro Tatua, Director Communication, The People’s Movement.
*Photo Caption – Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Delta State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Igbo Union Atlanta USA, Inc., in collaboration with the Igbo Community and friends of Igbo people, will hold the 2012 Igbo Day Symposium on Friday, November 9th, followed by the main event on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, in the Igbo Community building [aka “Obi Ndi Igbo”] in Atlanta. This symposium is one of the activities marking this year’s 2012 Annual Igbo Day celebrations and fund-raising events.
In our quest to advance the collective interests and well-being of Igbo people (Ndi Igbo), this symposium will focus sharply on the imperatives of the daily challenges of life and prosperity for Ndi Igbo who reside in the international community (aka Diaspora). Therefore, we are looking for dynamic presenters and creative, interactive presentations that can deliver unique insight and best practices on topics focusing on these three broad areas: (1) social family/youth/marriage issues, (2) transitioning/relocation to Nigeria from the USA, and (3) practical ideas on wealth building/financial management.
The Igbo Day Symposium Committee is now accepting presentation proposals that address any of the following topics of interest:
• Transitioning or Relocation to Nigeria - Best Practices and Strategies for Success
• Family/Marriage Challenges for Ndi Igbo in the USA
• Roles of Igbo Community Organizations and Framework for promoting and facilitating successful transitioning of Ndi Igbo to Nigeria
• Family Crisis – Strategies for Restoring, Rebuilding, and Strengthening our Igbo families
• Financial Management and Wealth-Building Strategies – Best Practices for Retirement and Education
• Facilitating Marriages among Young Igbo Adults in the Diaspora – Strategies and Supportive Networks.
Please submit your presentation proposal for review to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday, October 27, 2012. Include the title and a brief summary/synopsis of your presentation. Selected presenters will be notified by email no later than Saturday, November 3, 2012.
Symposium Subcommittee: Prof. Martin Okafor (Chair), Dr. Chinedum (CT) Nwosu, Rev. (Dr.) C. Kingston-Ekeke, Dr. Bonn Otor, Dr. Jones Nwagbara, and Chief Ugo Onyemaobi (Igbo Day Event Chair).
Igbo Union Atlanta USA, Inc.
*Photo Caption – Atlanta Igbo Day Symposium Info
The People’s Movement, a nascent advocacy group on good governance and transparency on Thursday in Lagos congratulated the Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan on the occasion of his 58th birthday.
The group reflected on the five years of the Uduaghan administration and declared that the state was in a promising direction.
“We are confident that the measures Governor Uduaghan has initiated are measures in the right direction” the Director of Communications, Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua said in a statement issued in Lagos.
The group observed that security is a major problem in Nigeria and not just Delta State. It also debunked the insinuation that Delta State has the highest number of kidnap cases.
“It is against this background arising from serious security challenges that Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan decided to put in place strategies towards addressing security challenges in the state’, the statement said.
The group applauded the seriousness attached to the declared war on kidnapping and other criminal offences in the state, saying the Uduaghan’s administration had set up special courts dedicated to trying offenders of these crimes, in addition to acquiring communication gadgets to assist law enforcement agencies to track down the criminals.
“His Excellency is winning the war against kidnappers and other criminals”, the statement said.
On the menace of flood, the group said the problem is not peculiar to Delta alone, pointing out “It’s all over Nigeria and indeed, all over the world”.
It also recalled the massive work in terms of clearing of drainages and removing structures obstructing natural waterways before the flood, complaining about the behaviour of some people, who intentionally dump refuse in drainages and gutters as well as those who build their houses or fences on a water channel.
The group, which was also full of encomiums for Uduaghan’s vision, mission and leadership role in Nigeria, particularly Delta State congratulated the governor for the massive infrastructural development Delta State has witnessed in the last five years.
It particularly praised the governor’s “honesty, openness and forthrightness”
The group appealed to the people to support the governor, saying the people who allowed them to be used against the good intention of the governor are working against God and the people as the governor has been executing people oriented programmes with the available funds.
The group warned enemies of the state to desist from their activities, advising that they should think of what they can do to help their people at any level rather than allowing themselves to be used as agents of darkness and destruction.
It also urged unserious politicians, godfathers, thugs and youths waiting for Governor Uduaghan to share state funds with them to forget the idea, adding that the governor is committed to the utilization of such funds for the growth of the state and the people.
The group also advised Chief Great Ogboru, the governorship candidate of the Democratic Peoples’ Party (DPP) in the 2011 governorship election in Delta State and other members of the party to support Governor Uduaghan, stressing that the apex court would never reverse its decision.
“This is the time to bury the hatchet and to join hands with the governor to move the state forward.” The group said.
Furthermore, the statement said the group of prominent Deltans committed to the rapid development of the state will hold discussion soon with concerned leaders, intellectuals and stakeholders to fashion out a template for the development of the state.
Mrs Ibifuro Tatua, Director of Communication on behalf of The People’s Movements.
*Photo Caption – Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan
[ An Overview ] - Over the past three weeks, the nation has faced an unprecedented flood disaster resulting in loss of lives and property running into billions of Naira. Several states were affected, with Anambra, being the most acutely affected.
As of today, eight local government areas are affected, with Anambra West and Ogbaru LGAs now completely under water. The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) now runs into thousands with an estimated 10,000 homes fully or partially submerged. Leading industries in south of the Onitsha Metropolis are also under water and no longer operational. The situation for these communities remains dire and very bleak. While homes, farmlands and livelihoods and productivity estimated at billions of naira have been lost, there has been minimal loss of lives with four casualties, thanks to the early warning and proactive intervention of the Anambra State Government (ANSG). Nonetheless, Anambra State is now a flood disaster zone.
The Anambra State Government has risen to the occasion, doing its utmost, within its limited resources to assist the affected communities and IDPs. The State-based Army and Navy formations, the police, churches and NGOs have been most proactive in assisting the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in rendering the much-needed assistance to those most affected.
His Excellency Gov. Peter Obi, CON, has called on the Federal Government to intervene to assist those affected by this horrendous flood disaster. Other well-meaning Anambrarians have made similar calls to the Federal Government, as well as to international donors and organizations to assist the State. So far, SEMA, and its federal counterpart, NEMA, as well as UNICEF have conducted needs assessment missions. Consequently, relief materials are being delivered by NEMA and other donors, but remain far from the robust support required under the present circumstances.
ANSG in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and Navy continue to carry out evacuation and search and rescue (SAR) missions for stranded persons. Those already evacuated are being hosted in fifteen (15) IDP camps, namely, Sharon House, Bishop Crowder School, the Army Barracks, New Bethel Primary School, and Onitsha-South LGA premises in Onitsha; Health Centre Umueje, Community Primary School Igbakwu, the Skills Acquisition Centre Anaku, in Ayamelum LGA; St. Augustine Catholic Church and Unity Primary School Umuoba Anam; General Hospital Umuleri, and St Joseph Secondary School, Aguleri, all in Otuocha and Schools in Ossomala, Atani and St. Gregory Church Odekpe in the Ogbaru LGA.
The IDPs are accommodated and fed with medical care provided to them by the Anambra State Government and its local collaborators.
Well-meaning citizens and organization have also been making donations in kind, through SEMA. All in-kind donations should be directed to the SEMA Office along the Enugu-Onitsha Road (by J-Jumac Hotel), Awka (SEMA contact is 08037424242). Similarly, numerous enquiries about cash donations from Nigerians and Anambrarians at home and in the Diaspora have necessitated the establishment of a centralized fund where the donations can be remitted:
The ANSG has set up the Anambra State Flood Disaster Emergency Fund, at the following banks:
Diamond Bank, Nigeria, PLC
AC #: 0028548840
Fidelity Bank, Nigeria, PLC
AC #: 4020912984
· Prof. Chinyere Stella Okunna
Chief of Staff/Commissioner for Economic Planning
· Ms. Ngozika B. Okoye
Hon. Commissioner for Finance
· Mrs. Azuka Enemo
Hon. Commissioner for Local Government
ANSG invites Anambrarians and the Nigerians at home and in Diaspora as well as all well-meaning citizens of the world to rally to the support of the affected citizens of Anambra State. The bigger challenge will be in the medium and longer terms, when the IDPs will need to be returned to their respective homes, rehabilitated and resettled after the flood recedes. The ANSG will be counting on the Federal Government, its agencies, especially NEMA and its international partners, to join with it in overcoming this unprecedented humanitarian challenge.
We thank all those who have expressed concern in cash or in kind or sent goodwill messages about this catastrophic disaster.
Oseloka H. Obaze
Secretary to the Anambra State Government
*Photo Caption – Gov. Obi encouraging the people to move to safer areas provided by the Government
3rd day of October, 2012, the day, Prince Tonye Princewill visited Obio Akpor and Tai Local Government Areas under the banner of Princewiil’s Trust remains indelible. He was there to commission the multi-million naira Skills Acquisition Equipment he had procured and distributed to various Local Government Areas in Rivers State to train and empower rural women to enable them cater for their families and make them financially viable. While at Obio Akpor LGA, he paid a courtesy call on His Royal Highness, King Prof Raymond Woko the Paramount Ruler of Rumowha Community and was blessed before he left to join the crowd that came to welcome him at the PPA Secretariat, Obio Akpor where he commissioned the skill acquisition equipment for the training of the women in the area.
The sequence of events was repeated in Tai where His Royal Majesty, King G.N.K. Gininwa OFR, Gbenemene Tua-Tua Tai, Chairman Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers and Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers was on hand to receive him to his palace. Prince Tonye Princewill after briefing the King of his mission in his Kingdom thanked him for the great reception accorded him and his entourage and told the King that he truly is at home just as if he is in his father’s house. He told the King that based on his long relationship with the Tai people that apart from the Skill Acquisition Equipment he has donated to empower the women of Tai, he is ready to provide a bus for the PPA in the area and offer scholarship to ten children of Tai to study in any university of their choice in Nigeria. The elated King prayed and blessed the Prince describing him as a blessing not only to Tai people but to the entire people of the State.
Hon Emmanuel Owhor the PPA Coordinator for Obio Akpor and Lady Peace Teerah the PPA. Coordinator for Tai Local Government Area both described Prince Tonye Princewill as a leader of the common man and that they are ready to sacrifice whatever it will take to promote the Prince and his Trust to the people of their Local Government Areas. The Prince concluded the day with a formal presentation of a Hummer Air-conditioned Bus to the Women Wing of PPA to assist the women in their mobilization efforts in the State. Dr Mrs Edith Wele the women PPA Leader assured the Prince that his investment in the lives of the Rivers State Women will never be in vain.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
Media Consultant PPA
*Photo Caption – Prince Tonye Princewill
The attention of the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been drawn to a recent Internet posting on http/www.momentng.com/enflashnewsflash7687 with the caption “Crisis Rock Ohanaeze Ndigbo Over Diversion of Funds” which purports to be a summary of some happenings in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
For the avoidance of all doubts, Ndigbo worldwide are hereby informed that the Internet publication is not (repeat, “not”) from Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The National Executive Committee and the generality of Ohanaeze Ndigbo have absolutely nothing to do with the publication and request all well-meaning Ndigbo to ignore it. Ohanaeze Ndigbo has a procedure of making its stand public.
The Solidarity of the current National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by its President-General Amb Ralph Uwechue OFR remains unshaken.
NDIGBO NDEWONU IGWE BU IKE
Chief Nduka I. Eya fcipm
Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Copy to: The President-General
“ “ All Members of the National Executive Committee (NEC)
“ “ All Chapters/Branches/Affiliates of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
*Photo Caption - Chief Nduka I. Eya, Secretary-General (SG), Ohanaeze Ndigbo
“The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Secretariat has been drawn to the divisive activities of a group that calls itself “Association of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Presidents-In-Diaspora” led by one of the Chairmen of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Branches in the South-West Zone who claims that the group was “inaugurated” by……….” - Chief Nduka I. Eya, Secretary-General (SG), Ohanaeze Ndigbo
31st July 2012
Re: Association of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Presidents-In-Diaspora
The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Secretariat has been drawn to the divisive activities of a group that calls itself “Association of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Presidents-In-Diaspora” led by one of the Chairmen of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Branches in the South-West Zone who claims that the group was “inaugurated” by the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State.
2. For the avoidance of all doubt, all Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chapters/Branches, as well as Affiliates, are alerted to avoid dealing with this group without clearance from this Headquarter. The Constitution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo (worldwide) has no provision for Presidents-In-Diaspora. Its structure provides only for ONE President-General (worldwide); SEVEN Chapter Presidents (in the core Igbo States of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Delta (Anioma) and Rivers; and Chairmen at the Branch/Local Government Levels as well as States outside Nigeria. Ohanaeze Ndigbo also has affiliates such as Igbo World Assembly (IWA), Igbo World Congress (IWC), Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA), Igbo Communities eg. in Ghana etc where Ohanaeze Branches do not exist.
3. Therefore, any Chapter/Branch/Affiliate that allows itself to be destabilized by this illegal/unauthorized group should be aware of the risks there-to its solidarity and stability.
Chief Nduka I. Eya fcipm
Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Copy to: The President-General
“ “ All Members of the National Executive Committee (NEC)
“ “ All Chapters/Branches/Affiliates of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
*Photo Caption - Chief Nduka I. Eya, Secretary-General (SG), Ohanaeze Ndigbo
-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Ebireri Henry Ovie )
The Okpe Union Worldwide today congratulated His Royal Majesty, Major
Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (Rtd) on the 6th anniversary of his accession to
the throne as Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.
In a statement issued in Lagos by its secretary general, Mr. Henry
Ebireri, the union said Okpe people at home and abroad are impressed
by His Royal Majesty’s accomplishments.
“Your compassion and your humanity have made you a valued king not
only to Okpe people but to people outside the kingdom. We love you and
wish you great successes in the repositioning of our great kingdom”
the statement said!
Continuing, the union said “in our desire for change, we congratulate
you for every success in your high and noble service to the people and
your role in ensuring a better future for progress, prosperity and
well-being for the people and the kingdom. We want to assure you of
our firm determination to work with you to enrich the kingdom”
“The union wishes His Majesty, all members of the royal family
continued good health and happiness and the people of Okpe Kingdom
much progress and prosperity” the statement added.
Mujakperuo was presented to the Udogun Okpe where he was approved and
ratified as Orhue 1, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom on July 8, 2004.
However, the installation ceremonies were delayed until July 29, 2006
due to a legal suit brought to bear on the process by AVM Frank
Ajobena (rtd) who contested for the throne but lost.
*Photo Caption - The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Major
Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (Rtd).
-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Sunday Adegoke)
Sir, In reaction to your directive as the Visitor of University of Abuja that political students should be screened out and sent back to you politicians, it is a welcome development. However the style and manner in which the screening exercise is being carried out in the university will make it fruitless at the end of the day. If you want the right thing to be done, set a committee made up of people with unquestionable characters so that the vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Adelabu James Sunday Adebowale will not have any influence on the screening exercise. As someone who was involved in the screening of new students in the university this academic year, there were cases where applicants have not even written UTME and the Vice Chancellor gave an executive order to register them. Also, the screening form does not contain anything on Post UME. I know that admission of applicants into University of Abuja since Adelablu’s administration is purely on cash and carry basis.
So, if you want proper screening exercise to be carried out, you can ask that people with integrity should carry out the screening exercise possibly from outside the university because the rate in which Adelabu’s administration is giving out bribe to staff of this university is unimaginable. If a student who paid substantial amount of money to be given admission is screened out, then Adelabu knowing the role he played towards such admission will not allow the result of the screening exercise to see the light of the day because he can go to any length to bribe the person who carried out the screening exercise.
I am sure the Visitation Panel report was presented to you as the Visitor, is it not surprising that one university has ninety-seven (97) accounts? Well, some of those accounts were opened for applicants to pay in money towards their admissions by Adelabu’s administration. It is very unfortunate that this university has this character as its Vice Chancellor. After the kangaroo screening exercise by Adelabu’s stooges, he will only bribe them so that no student is screened out. Within the past few weeks, Adelabu has actually spent so much money meant for the university to bribe people to support his administration.
Dr. Sunday Adegoke
Thursday, July 19, 2012: Today, July 19th, 2012 the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi is 51, but he loathes celebrations, especially when they have epicurean dimension. He would rather preach to you on the futility of presenting to him a gold wrist watch worth millions of Naira when such an amount would equally buy some computers that when donated to schools, will help in moulding the young ones. But since the world is not guided by his own thought process, many people are bound to celebrate him according to their preferences and fancies. In my own case, through this piece.
As far as we can pry into his journey on earth since July 19th, 1961, he was puffed out into the world; one can rightly observe that it has been a life where actions that ought to take place in one full life time are clouded into 51. This eventful life started with good education at Christ the King College, Onitsha and the University of Nigeria. He was naturally born with many faculties and he may have acquired more as could be attested to by his wit and cleverness, a ready tongue and inexhaustible and exhausting vivacity.
We cannot here recount his achievements, which he stared recording during his days in primary school, where he successfully formulated the famous egg theory, which, though beyond this piece, has to do with the recording of gains in egg business. The climax of it being that at the age of Forty-Two, he won the gubernatorial election in Anambra State, but the victory was denied him. As if Providence has always had interest in his affairs, that denial of victories, which he had always fought and came out unhurt – indeed, triumphant, was the challenges he faced that made him to become a noted name in politics in diverse ways. His fame was accentuated by the fact that Nigerians in similar circumstances either sold out or abandoned themselves to cynical pessimism. Thus, one can say that he is a man capable of taking in his strides the natural difficulties of life.
Obi was the first person, who, through pertinacity of will, recovered his stolen gubernatorial victory through the courts. It was from one victory to another victory he always pursued to correct obvious injustice. This was how he ended up being the first person to come back from impeachment, to go for tenure interpretation and to get a second term to govern our great State many think ungovernable.
Beyond his trials and triumphs, at 51, he is a life worthy of Homer as the herald of his achievements and the virtues he represents.
Writing about him, one of the things that readily come to mind is the reward for hard work. In his private life, he worked so hard to reach where he was, becoming the Chairman of a Bank before entering into public life. There is something about him that seems strange, he has the passion for business and making money and he has made a lot of it, yet he prefers the life of stoic simplicity. As far as he is concerned, money and material acquisition are good but cannot become the epicentre of existence, only as an instrument to solving the problems of life. Thus, buying of private jet, jetties, yachts and houses in choicest parts of the world and flaunting riches in a manner that is offensively conspicuous, do not appeal to him. However, the people he has helped through inconspicuous philanthropy are legion. He believes that money is to solve problems and not to live in a manner inconsistent with rationality. Tell him about the need to have houses in the Maitamas and Ikoyis of Nigeria, and he will remind you that one of the richest men of all times in the World, Warren Buffett has been living in the same house and driving the same vehicle for donkey years. He has no useless taste to burden his life.
One annoying phenomenon among the Igbos is the misplacement of values. Today our pristine values have all been bastardised. Looking at our people you will ask where our love for excellence has gone. Igbos cherish excellence and are known to strive to achieve that in any of their chosen endeavours even if it means wearing themselves out . That is why he strives to be dimgba, the master wrestler; diochi, the master wine tapper; dike, the master of strength; di this and di that in many fields. Can we say that about the Igbos today?
Today things have all changed. Our people have jumped on the band wagon of those who want to record phenomenal successes through shortcuts punctuated by frauds. Today, kidnapping, 419 and other crimes, foreign to us are all here with us. Today, rather than build public wealth and contribute to the development of the State, our people prefer easy access to the common kitty. Those in Government no longer see governance as public trust and a vocation, a call to serve the people. This is the society Governor Obi met in 2006, amidst fiscal chaos and administrative indolence. Today, he has done a lot trying to restore the values of our people. At first, when he became governor and in his resolve to change the mindset of the people, he turned himself into a preacher, but the people, accustomed to the eroding morals of the time, listened to him in sceptical apathy. Undaunted, he continued. In the 51st year of his life and 7 into his governorship, he can look at his people with happiness on the realisation that his words to them which appeared frozen are now thawing and its meanings are gradually permeating their subconscious.
Until Obi became the Governor, Anambra was a battlefield and the war plan was scripted by Bedlam. There is hardly any aspect of life in the State that the touch of confusion was not aglow. At a point, the entire State was burnt down. As an Abuja based Anambrarian at that time, hardly did any good news come out of the State. I recall how we greatly felt dejected reading stories of primitive tortures by the Bakassi group, the people hailed them because they were the lesser of the many evils in the State. Though what we had was a de facto Governor, but it was injurious to our sense of pride that he was slapped and buffeted. We read stories of Okija and generally, rape competed with rapine for supremacy. As a result, the State collapsed.
Today as Obi turns 51, part of the achievements that should be credited to him is the restoration of the pride among Anambra people. You need to experience a grim situation where your pride is wounded to understand this. Today, we read of our Governor belonging to many Federal Committees, travelling with the President and parleying with development partners. The other day, after a presentation at the World Bank 2012 Spring meeting on Anambra State, the Bank, impressed, sent some Oxford Professors and other experts to understudy what Obi is doing in the education sector in the State with the aim of presenting it as a model to other African countries. Today, Ambassadors and investors see Anambra as a place to be at. To whom do we credit all this epochal liberation of Anambra? To Governor Obi, of course. At 51, this is his gift to Anambra State.
In spite of his achievements, he has not rested. He has continued to search for what will be of benefit to the State with a mind clear, inventive, restless. Like the old Julius Ceasar, counting nothing done if anything remains to be done. With this mindset, he is stimulating, facilitating and multiplying through visionary leadership, industrial and commercial activities in the State.
Today, multinationals are building their facilities in the State as it has not witnessed in the past. It is a mark of Governor Obi’s vision that he identifies those things that will contribute to the expansion of the industrial base of the State and pursue them religiously. One commendable thing is that the state also invests in those businesses. Thus, from deficit on investment, he has, within 6 years, invested over 13 Billion Naira for the State in many businesses.
In terms of General development of Anambra State, Obi has unarguably done better than others. In the health sector, Anambra now have accredited health institutions and a teaching hospital. In education, he was courageous to return missionary schools taken from them for 40 years with the grant of 6 Billion Naira. He may not be the most desirous for a developed Anambra State, but his vision is incomparable. Thus, he remains the only Governor that take the Millennium Development Goals into account in whatever he does.
But in spite of his giant strides he is more vilified by the people of Anambra State. But this is not surprising. As Nicollo Machiavelli said “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experienced of it. ”
We have the political class that benefitted from the old order, now they are not benefitting, they see anything happening in the State through negative prisms, the phenomenon has been aptly captured as Offodile Syndrome, that selfish urge in us to support only those things that feather our nest. Because of the governor’s good nature, they do this with a liberty which is unbridled license. When these people write, one is usually amused by their histrionics, confused by their digressions and appalled by their ungracious scurririty.
For the sake of those suffering from Offodile Syndrome, that is barbarians waiting for inroads into the State to destroy all what the Governor has built, friends, contrary to his protestations, encourage him to show interest in who comes after him. I cannot join the debate only to add that we must at all times guard against civilisation which normally takes centuries to build, but can be destroyed by barbarians in a day.
As our Governor is 51, we thank God for his life, while reminding ourselves that any descent into barbarism will be disastrous for us as a people.
Valentine Obienyem sent this piece from Awka