OPINION: UNVEILING THE NEXT IMO GOVERNOR BY DAVE ANORUO

But for a brief preamble, I am not going to dissipate your precious time going around the simple assignment of revealing to you all you need to know about he that would take over the mantle of leadership as the next governor of Imo state beginning from the 29th of May 2019.

It is no longer news that both economic and political situations of Imo state today are lying critically sick in an emergency ward. A writer, Mr. Kenneth Uwadi masterfully captures the present government in power when he averred that “the greatest mistake, the brunt of which the people of Imo had to bear was, no doubt, the voting of… corrupt and duplicitous government of clumsiness in handling our affairs (resulting to) years of embezzlement, the reign of misplacement of priorities, the rule of ineptitude, the term of enthronement of cronyism, the period of crass nepotism, the era of corruption, a government that destroyed the houses and businesses of the citizens without compensation, a government that could not conduct council elections, a government of thieves, without plans or focus…”

Recently some well-known Imo leaders and technocrats such as Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; chairman of MTN Nigeria, Dr. Paschal Dozie; CEO Zinox Technologies, Chief Leo-Stan Ekeh; former INEC chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu; chairman of National Population Commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma; former minister for commerce and industry, Engr. Charles Ugwu; former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Major-Gen. Sebastine Owuama; member representing Owerri zone in the senate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu and his predecessor, Senator Chris Anyanwu and Hon. Thankgod Ezeani, former Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Jude Njoku; former Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Prof. Placid Njoku; Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Lagos, Obinna Chukwu; Chief Jerry Chukwueke, Chief Ambrose Ejiogu and Dr. Vin Udokwu among many others led a delegation to the present Imo governor Rochas Okorocha.

The group’s interest was to look for a possible way to rescue the state from further enslavement because of huge domestic debt profile, poor ease of doing business, low level of state government’s participation in federal government intervention funding mechanisms, especially in agriculture, health, and small and medium enterprises activities, as well as other indexes, according to Thisday reports.

It is shocking to the people of Imo that the state government has put the state into a huge debt profile of N93.27 billion as at December 31, 2016, against the figure of N26 billion in 2011, when the present government came on board. This figure is contained in the document released by the Debt Management office (DMO).

The team also revealed that Imo State has a poor position in the ease of doing business as it ranks 34th out of 36 states in the country, confirming a THISDAY report during the mid-term assessment of the state government early last year.

In that meeting held with the governor and his cabinet at the Government House, Owerri on January 5, the team which went by the name – Imo Economic Development Initiative (IEDI) led by Prof. Iwu, told the governor the hidden truth about the real economic situation of the state which of course had remained ‘a no-go-area’ as far as the present administration was concerned.

Looking at both pictures I have painted above, one will agree with me that rescuing our dear state and getting it back on track once again requires no longer politicians whose lone interest is to syphon the treasury of the state and turn the state into a private empire, or the businessman whose wish is to trade with our economy and leave us perennially in debts.

Who Imo requires now is a technocrat; a technical expert in science, engineering or other specialized field; especially one exercising managerial authority over a particular or chosen field. This person must be one of a group of similar people who have political power as well as technical knowledge. This person must have mental acumen to reason like the human specie as well as psychological potentials to remain stable when pressure is at friction without external influences.

This is where I am going to present no other one than the dynamo of our total liberation; the deux ex machina in Imo; the true mirror of generational change and the one who has been destined to save Imo state from the brinks and brims of total collapse and destruction, Sir Stanley Chidoziem Amuchie.

Aged between Forty-five and Forty-Six, your next Imo governor holds a First Class Honours (Industrial Chemistry) degree from the University of Benin, where he was a University Scholar during his years of study and graduated as the best graduating Industrial Chemistry student in 1993. He is a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB). He has about two decades post-graduation experience spanning Quality Control, Audit, Consulting and Banking, eighteen of which has been in the Financial Services industry.

Stanley Amuchi serves as the Chief Financial Officer, General Manager and Group Head of Financial Control and Strategic Planning Group of Zenith Bank Plc and he served as its Director since March 3, 2017 until March 16, 2017. Mr. Amuchi joined the services of Zenith Bank in February 2000 in the middle management cadre from where he rose to his present position of General Manager/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the bank. Prior to his engagement with Zenith Bank, he had worked with Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Professional Services) between 1995 and 2000 where he rose to the level of a Senior before exiting it in February 2000 to join the banking industry. While in Arthur Andersen, he worked on both Business Advisory and Consulting Assignments for major Financial Institutions in Nigeria and other West African countries. As recognition of his contribution towards the success of the bank, he was honoured with the award of the best performing staff of Financial Control and Strategic Planning Department in 2004 and 2006 by the GMD/CEO of the bank.

In addition to his current responsibilities, he is a Director of Zenith Nominees Limited, a global custody subsidiary of Zenith Bank Plc. He was at various times in-charge of the coordination of the Group’s Foreign Operations and Real Estate Operations. Prior to the Bank’s election to operate as a commercial bank with foreign authorization, he held the following positions in the subsidiaries of the bank; Chairman- Zenith Securities Limited; Director- Zenith Trustees Ltd, Director- Zenith Bureau De Change Ltd.

But our next governor is not just into Banking Businesses! Your next governor is a human being with a human heart. A Knight of the Anglican Community, he is the founder of Good Light Foundation coiled from the title of “Ezi-Ihe” given to him by his Abor-Mbaise people as the good light that shines among them.

As a Christian, he has built churches for both the Catholic and the Anglican Communions in his area as well as contributed immensely to the growth of his church in Lagos state. This explains reasons he was honoured recently by the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) during the Episcopal Awards Ceremony of the second session of the 33rd Synod, tagged “Serving”, held at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

Amuchie was honoured based on his contributions and services to the development of the Church and was said to have been chairman of the 2014 harvest, for which he mobilized friends to support the church and the record he set remains unbroken. As a friend of the clergy, he always looks for ways to better their lot and is fully committed to service, according to his citation.

Our next governor will focus on massive economic and strong infrastructural developments of the state when he assumes office. But even at these, no Imolite will be rendered homeless or shopless as adequate compensations must be made available.

The philanthropist blood which flows in the veins of our next governor would not allow anybody to be homeless. No wonder he recently built and handed over three completely furnished apartments to three indigent widows of the state.

Our next governor believes that a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle, thus his interest will be to help restore Imo to its former glory as the Eastern Heartland.

Do not ask me which party or platform he shall be running under. That will soon be disclosed to you, but it must not be that party which for three years now has placed humanity under animality. It must not be the party that has destroyed Imo and balkanized our collective patrimony. Sure, it will not be that which has desecrated our worship places, demolished our traditional identities and rendered our poor women poorer. It must not be that party that has stolen our properties and coveted our lands.

Our next governor – Sir Stanley Amuchie is coming to heal all our wounds.

Dave Anoruo is from Mbaitoli LGA in Imo State.

 

OPINIONS EXPRESSED ON THIS BLOG ARE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT AND NOT THOSE OF GREG NWADIKE AS AN INDIVIDUAL

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