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BEFORE THE PDP PRIMARIES: Mr. PRESIDENT MUST HEAR THIS!

BEFORE THE PDP PRIMARIES: Mr. PRESIDENT MUST HEAR THIS!

The Initiative for Human & Societal Development in Africa (IHSDA) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special bias in the development of the human person and the emancipation of the people through good governance, purposeful leadership and empowerment. The NGO champions this course by identifying with individuals, groups and institutions whose goals and ideology focus on the development of the people and ultimate endowment for growth. Being an NGO, it is not really a  political movement even though it is made up of political beings. This is why it opens its vista to anybody or government, irrespective of party affiliation who has programmes with the ultimate purpose of ensuring that food is put on the tables of the citizens. In particular, we partner with those who initiate programmes aimed at empowering the youths by giving employment to those who are trained and have imbedded the requisite knowledge, skills and aptitude and also provide training opportunities to those who are not. In line with the foregoing, we are beaming our search-light to the notable achievements of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the first four years of his administration. This is more so as this may not have caught the attention of most people. We now urge Mr. President to see this as he presents himself for re-election because, as it is said, no one sees his back.

  1. Promotion and practice of true democracy by creating an enabling environment where people from diverse backgrounds and with divergent views and opinions can be accommodated. Example is the registration of APC as a mega opposition party by INEC to challenge the PDP at all levels which is  unthinkable years back Which is unthinkable years back.
  2. Conduct of free and fair elections, example Osun and Ekiti States elections.
  3. Relative non-interference with electoral and judicial matters.
  4. Liberalization of the press and guaranteeing the freedom of speech.
  5. Opening up of Nigeria to the global business community + becoming Africa’s number one destination for foreign investors. In the 1st 6 months of 2014, a total of US $9.70 billion or N1.51 trillion flowed into the national economy as foreign direct investments (FDI).
  6. Nigeria’s GDP has been rebased to overtake South Africa & Egypt in the process.
  7. Non-oil exports rose to $2.97 billion by the end of 2013, up from $2.3 billion in 2010.
  8. Initiation of YOUWIN (Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria) to generate over 100,000 jobs.
  9. Closer to be integrated into international e-commerce community, Nigeria is now one of the paypal-compliant countries meaning Nigerians can now pay for goods and services online from any part of the world.
  10. First country in West Africa to host the World Economic Forum (WEF). Also the most successful world Economic Forum for Africa (WEFA) in history, with a global reach of 2.1 billion people, according to estimates.
  11. Construction and beautification of many federal roads in the country namely Lagos Benin expressway, Abuja Lokoja expressway, Enugu Abakaliki expressway, Onitsha Owerri highway and most parts of Enugu Port Harcourt expressway. The construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge to help the aging Bridge of 1965.
  12. Revival of the comatose railway system of transportation in Nigeria.
  13. Remodeling, beautification and standardization of airports across the country. Also, direct flight of Aircrafts from Nigeria to USA without stopover. Akanu Ibiam International Airport for the South East region with five direct flights to and from Turkey weekly.
  14. Establishing Federal Universities across the country in States without federal degree awarding institution.
  15. Computerizing education in the country with the introduction of computer-based tests (CBT) which will be mandatory for all UTME candidates as from 2015.
  16. Introducing Almajiri system of Education to cater for academically disadvantaged northern parts of Nigeria.
  17. Arresting the outbreak of the deadly and highly contagious Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in record time.
  18. Transformation of the Agric Sector.
  19. Reduction of Nigeria’s food import by over 40% to 2013.
  20. Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava with over 45 million metric tones in 2014 according to FAO of the UN.
  21. Increase in internet penetration in Nigeria from about 45 million in 2011 to 63 million in 2014, overtaking countries like UK and France in the process. Meaning: More people now using the Internet in Nigeria than in the UK and France.
  22. As of 2nd Quarter, registered active telephone lines in Nigeria stood at 130 million out of over 170 million telephone lines.
  23. Introduction of the Nigerian electronic identity card (e-ID Card) to serve as both international identification module and e-payment solution.
  24. Introduction of cashless system of transaction thereby reducing the carrying about of cash volumes.
  25. Unbundling of dysfunctional PHCN into 18 profit driven companies.
  26. Winning the African Cup of Nations in February 2013 in South Africa after 19 years history.
  27. Nigeria had 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, finishing 8th in all.
  28. Involvement of women in politics increased considerably. Okojo-Iweala, Miriam Alomo Kukhtar (1st female Chief Justice), Diezani Allison-Madueke, Stella Oduah (Ex Aviation Minister), Joy Ogwu (Nigeria Representative at the UN), Sarah Jibril, Viola Onwuliri, and many more.

With all these records of wonderful achievements by Mr. President, it is obvious that another four years as the President of Nigeria will clearly transform this country and hence place her in a vintage position among the comity of nations. We in the family of the Initiative for Human and Societal Development in Africa hereby implore the President to continue the good work. Other sterling leaders that have shown and demonstrated outstanding performances worthy of our profiling are as follows:

HON. IFEANYI UGWUANYI (GBULU-GBULU)

Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Marine Transport. Born on the 2nd of March 1964, Ugwuanyi, is representing Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency. Elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ugwuanyi holds a Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration. Apart from being the Deputy Chairman of the House Committees on Public Service and Pension, he is member of the following House Committees Defence, Population, Privatization and Commercialization, Science & Technology, States & Local Government Affairs.
The Sun of October, 7, 2014 aptly captured his endorsement thus: ‘Rarely has an individual’s ambition to serve his people in any capacity elicited so much enthusiasm, staunch support, excitement, euphoria and general acceptance as has been evidenced in the adoption of Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the consensus governorship candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the people of Enugu North Senatorial Zone to whom the people of Enugu State has zoned the office of governor, preparatory to the 2015 general election in the country. Hon. Chijioke Edeoga, Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters and former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Information, was quoted as saying that; ”Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is a bridge that provided the platform reconciliation and unity among the diverse interests in the state.
‘The truth about ‘HE, Ugwuanyi’ is that he is of a stable character. Even if the power of that office hits him, he would still be level headed. He has the capacity of traneforming Enugu State to the next level. The Initiative for Human & Societal Development in Africa would surely partner with his administration if he finally emerged as flag-bearer. Infact, GBURU-GBURU is a candidate to beat even if he is an independent candidate.

In our subsequent publications, we would also bring to the open the numerous projects the GburuGburu had attracted, those completed, and those at different stages of completion; all in Enugu State.

NWADIALA CHUKWUEMEKA NGOZICHINEKE WOGU

He is a legal practitioner, a technocrat and an astute politician. Wogu was born on 29 January 1965 in Umuahia, the capital of  Abia   State.  He completed his secondary school education at Ngwa High School, Aba in1980. He thereafter attended Federal School of Arts and Science Aba, between 1981 and 1982. He proceeded to Imo State University where  he obtained LLB in 1986, and the Nigerian Law School where he obtained a BL in 1987. In 1990 he established a private law practice, Emeka Wogu & Co. He also earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Calabar in 2004 and Master of Science in Political Science-Public Policy Analysis (2011) from Nasarawa state University. Chief Wogu holds a certificate in Benchmarking Emerging Markets (2008) issued by S.P Jain Institute of Management, Singapore. Chief Wogu is presently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Political Science (part time) at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Chief Wogu has held several postions in his political career including Assistant Legal Adviser of the defunct Liberal Convention in the old Imo State in 1989; Chairman of Aba South Local Government Council.. He was elected to the Federal House of Representatives in 1998. In 1999 he was briefly the political adviser to Orji Uzor Kalu, governor of Abia State. He represented Abia State for two terms as commissioner at the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission. He was appointed Minister of Labour on 6 April 2010. Chief Emeka Wogu is a recipient of several traditional titles including Omezuru of Ohazie, Kpakpandu of Aba, Nwadiala of Aba and Amulutto of Oshogbo.

The Intiative  for Human & Societal Development in Africa considers Wogu one of the best in Mr. Presidents cabinet; having held both politically induced and genuine labour disputes at bay. His efforts in steering the ship of this nation to safety is both unquantifiable and unimagineable. The Transformation Agenda of Mr. President must have suffered some set-back if a man of his experience was not there.

His interest in the governorship race of Abia State is one thing to thank God about. This is because, that oil state had suffered from infrastructural decay for more than one and half decade. We believe that if he emerges the flag bearer, the GODs OWN STATE would be traneformed into an industrial hub of Nigeria. This is one of the objectives of our NGO, and that is one reason we support him

OZO NWABUEZE OKAFOR (OKPOCHENGENE)

The man, his vision

Our people have a saying that there is something in a name. By way of redefinition, a name is not just a noun  it is also and rather an identity of some sort. For instance, an Qzq is the highest traditional title holder in Igboland. An Qzq is a holder of the qffq or staff, which is a symbol for blessing and of office. When an Qzq title holder combines it with another one of Okpochengene which translates to the cleaner of the people’s stream, it connotes completeness in all ramifications. And mind you, before a stream could be due for cleaning or cleansing, it must have been filthy and dirty. Now, let us look at the man, Okpochengene  Qzq Nwabueze Okafor.

Born some forty-three years ago, Qzq Nwabueze Okafor Okpochengene, had a very humble beginning. He attended Chinatown Primary School, Asata Enugu between 1977 and 1982. He moved over to Port Harcourt and attended the prestigious Stella Maris College from 1983 to 1988 for his secondary school education, finishing with very good result. Between 1989 and 1994, he attended the University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State and read Human Psychology. All these academic attainments were to prepare him for what he does best, impacting positively on humanity.

After his graduation and subsequent one year national service, Okpochengene had a stint in business. He headed Mario & Donald International Limited as the Managing Director from March 2001 to January 2006. Later, from January 2006 to January 2008, he headed Slopes and Hills Limited as the Chairman/CEO. Having thus headed these two companies at the highest level with attendant responsibilities, Okpochengene was being positioned for responsibilities in the world of politics. And it is obvious that he was properly groomed.

HIS POLITICAL LIFE

The achievements recorded by Okpochengene in private life earned him early recognition in politics. Between 2008 and 2010, he was appointed the Administrator of Enugu West Development Centre, a position he performed creditably. With this incursion and added experience, he was properly exposed to contest the Chairmanship of Enugu South Local Government Area, a position he won in 2010, January. The next two years saw him cleansing the people’s stream thus living his name Okpochengene to the fullest. His people felt that he should complete the work he started by re-electing him into office. Okpochengene thus spent four years from 2010 to 2014 as the Chairman of Enugu South Local Government Area. The records of his achievements while in office speak for themselves as buttressed by the following:

  1. ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF NIGERIA (ALGON)
    Chairman, Enugu State Chapter (January 2012  Till Date)
  2. ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF NIGERIA (ALGON)
    National President (March 2012  Till Date)
  3. WEST AFRICAN REGIONAL OFFICE (WARO) UCLGA
    President (April 2012  Till Date)
  4. UNITED CITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF AFRICA (UCLGA) UCLGA RABAT MOROCCO
    Vice President (April 2012  Till Date)

Given the above antecedents, Okpochengene, Ozo Nwabueze Okafor, deserves an opportunity to represent his people of Enugu East Senatorial Zone in the Senate to continue his cleansing of the people’s stream, this time, in a higher capacity. And the senate is not even the ultimate!

 

 

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