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Equity in 2023 PDP Guber Ticket: Nkanu East in Perspective, by Ambassador David C Ani

Since the creation of Enugu State from old Anambra State, Enugu has remained one of the most peaceful states to live in(The Sun Newspaper in 2016). There has been interlocution within and outside the state on the ingenuity of such credit.

But this may also be attributed to the state’s one party system and lack of competition which in itself, brings backwardness and lack of development.

Constitutionally, we have three senatorial zones in Enugu State. Since its creation, political powers and proceeds has been revolving around these political niche and enormous peace has been obtained through this process.

But some months ago, there seem to be a rise in political awareness and consciousness, and probably, power may change hands to another political party due to alleged plans of the sitting governor of the state, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to hand over the PDP party ticket to an Isiuzo man who is more Nsukka (Enugu North) thank Nkanu. Due to this, some analysts are predicting the expiration of PDP in the state if this is done.

Others have argued that the next governors must come from Awgu extraction which are part of Enugu west senatorial zone

Some of this new political principalities against the age long equitable distribution of political power in the state are themselves the by-product of the arrangement. They have resorted to so many unfounded political languages in the state just to attract emotions and sympathy.

Some have started manufacturing so many languages just to suit their selfish ambition, and while a group said they’re now “greater Awgu”, another even argued that “when Anambra was created out of Enugu, we had only Enugu, Abakaliki, and Nsukka senatorial zones and that when Ebonyi was created out of Enugu state, we had Enugu and Nsukka zones left”.

However, following the original agreed pattern of Enugu State for equity, the governorship ticket should be zoned to Enugu East Senatorial Zone, and this should not be dragged with Nkanu East LGA. Nkanu East remains the most underdeveloped and magenalised LGA in Enugu State, with the highest land mass and highest capacity of food production in the state.

Before and after 1999, Nkanu East have been backward in infrastructure and politics despite her contribution to the feeding and development of the state.

Nkanu East is supposed to have two or more state constituencies considering her nature of settlement and population. For instance the people from the northern part of the LGA will have to cross over three LGAs in the state before getting to the LG headquarters(Amagunze). Secondly, Nkanu East despite its huge land mass and population, has just one state assembly seat till date.

Most large towns in Nkanu East such as Nkerefi have not produced even a local government chairman since the creation of the LGA due to the huge population and land mass of the LGA.

Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, a former governor of the state 1999 ruled for eight years without constructing a single road leading to any part of Nkanu East.

Since the creation of Enugu State, this local government have not been shown any sense of belonging, unlike our brother LGAs Nkanu West, which produced governors, senators, House of Reps members and is the host of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT.

There is also Isiuzo Local Government which have produced so many vital political positions and also hosts a popular Federal College of Education located at Eha Amufu.

As a matter of fact, Nkanu East in particular has not done anything unconstitutional, rather we’re just abiding by the peaceful provisional arrangement of the state through the PDP rotational system of leadership. To set the records straight, the population of an Nkanu Land is put to about 48% in the state. We have also over 35% of our people living all over the other zones. If numerical strength is power in a democratic set-up such as ours, then it becomes only fair for our brothers in the other side of the world to reason with us.

Meanwhile, the three constitutionally recognized zones since the creation of Enugu State has been happy with the arrangements as every zone has been producing the governor at their own turn.

Since PDP dwells on the equitable distribution and rotation of political powers, (and as we all know that) it’s the turn of Enugu East to produce the next Governor of the state. Furthermore, in as much as equity must be attained, Nkanu East being the most underdeveloped local government in Enugu State should be considered based on the language of equity.

As a peace loving people, Nkanu East people have endured the underdeveloped nature of the local government, believing that Enugu State’s PDP equitable distribution and rotation of power will come to Enugu East and by extension, Nkanu East is in the right position to get the ticket.

The good people of Nkanu East are also ready to turn their support against anybody or group of bodies, political parties that may dream to murder their rights.

Hon Ambassador David C. Ani
(Odogwu na Nkanu) writes from Enugu.

100 Days in Office: What is Nkanu-East Chairman, Engr Uche Nwobodo Cooking?

By Prince Ejeh Josh

As writers and public affairs analysts, we believe that we have some moral burden placed on us to speak out when political leaders are doing well and when they are doing badly. It’s a burden hanging on our necks that we carry as a cross wherever we go.

For history to be kind to us, we must write. We must be ruthless with the truth. We must say it the way it is no matter whose ox is gored. We’re called by nature to play by the rules. So, we must always confront developing events even if we don’t feel at home with those we are writing about.

To be sincere, I’ve never been Engineer Uchenna Abel Nwobodo’s man. I’ve never been his fan. For obvious reasons, my meeting with him has always been cold. I’m an Nkanu man, and that is not in doubt. He is the Executive Chairman of Nkanu-East local government area which happens to be my local government. However, for the sensitive nature of my official assignments, I prefer to play from the subtle bend.

I’ve known the local government Chairman for quite some years, but it has, as well, always been a distance relationship. I knew him while he was on appointment as a Special Adviser to the Governor on Projects Development and Implementations (PDI). I felt, all the while he was in the same work environment with me, I should carry out my assignments as a professional. Sentiments apart. This is why I found it hard to write about him, or to assess his government.

I’ve read much from different quarters on their perceptions of the administration of Engineer Uchenna since he assumed office as the Chairman of Nkanu East Council. I was reluctant to add my voice. But the pang of guilt was always knocking each time I looked away.

Regardless of the above, I’m virtually compelled by conscience to lend my voice to the assessments of this newly berthed administration. I would refer to the past to underscore the present and make some “rough” political prediction about his administration.

While Uchenna was working as a Special Adviser on PDI, I was privy to watch keenly, events dashing out of his office. Needless say how impressive some of the projects and structures he was able to implement were. He did not just implement those projects to the taste and satisfaction of people, he was timeous in the execution of those projects. It was usually a matter of months for an edifice to be erected and furnished.

Parts of the fascinating projects were the Protocol Unit housing the protocol staff of the Governor and his Deputy. Before then, the Protocol department was an eyesore for passers-by. The abode was not only in a bad shape, it was bereft of human dignity. The timely reconstruction of the Unit and its standard were a feeler that Uchenna had come on board to set a standard, perhaps which may be difficult to break.

He subsequently turned to the Public Enlightenment Unit of the Governor and gave it a befitting construction and the outlooks it deserves. We were all amazed at the excellent job on ground. How he was able to manage his time is what we couldn’t explain. All we knew was that each time he embarked on a project, he delivers it at the right time. We’ve seen others tried it before and failed. We’ve also seen what happened after him. We could easily make a striking comparison on the competency of everyone that has occupied the position based on facts on ground.

Years after most of the projects Uchenna executed, they still remain as if they were newly constructed. That’s the standard and quality of materials he had chosen to work with. Durability. Structural designs that could weather any storms for decades and outlast their purposes. That is the kind of quality many are seeking out today. How to get value for their money. We’ve seen it in Engineer Uchenna as he goes about diligently carrying out his duties. Truly I am not surprised that those projects today speak volumes for him. They are even vouching for him at his back.

I would not forget to add that while there as a Transition Chairman, I did witness his massive road rehabilitation. The road leading to my village was always in a bad shape. It discourages some of us from traveling down to the village most times . Though, a federal road, I was amazed to learn that the transition Chairman took it upon himself to grade the road and made it possible for motorists to ply with ease. He also did this to so many feeder roads within the local government area. My tour round the local government area revealed that no community is left out in projects execution. His development tentacles were even spread to areas that were long abandoned by previous administrations.

After his recent election as the Executive Chairman, I decided to keep a close watch over his government. It was a stealth observation. Events unfolding since then have shown a man who not only came to work but who was all out to prove a point that Nkanu-East could have another narration.

First, he started by involving every stakeholder and by making sure that everyone has a say in his government. This is politics without bitterness. It’s a gentleman politics characterized by integrity and trust. Nobody was left behind. I think this would foster unity of purpose for the development and progress of our people, and immediately erase the usual politics of rivalry and smear campaigns often laced between the north and south divide in the local government. The mended fences should be permanent.

Second, the Chairman embarked on massive infrastructural developments across the council area just within 100 days in office. While many were giving excuses of paucity of funds, Uche was busy laying some landmark foundations. Feeder roads were being graded, bridges such as the notorious Ojorowo bridge has been tamed by the satisfactory work there. The timely rescue operation of the Amechi-Idodo people sent me weeping for joy. At last, hope is restored for the people. At last, they were remembered for good. At last, a new lease of life for farmers and traders to move their farm produce and wares to the markets. I hope these projects continue this way.

Third, It is said that empowerment of the youth is a most deliberate trigger of development and self-independence. The local government is blessed with fertile soil. Now, there’s a call for agricultural revolution through the readily incentives made available for the people. It’s a golden opportunity for our people to showcase their agricultural dexterity.

Fourth, according Anthony Nwachukwu, a renowned scholar and international commentator, the foundational level for every thriving society is human capital deployment. It’s a catalyst of a new phase. From the records within my reach, the local government Chairman has extended this reach beyond expectations. He believes in investing on the people. Didn’t an Igbo adage have it that when you’re building a man, you’re building a nation. Uche is not only building men in his administration, he is also building a kind of gender equality that will balance the economic and socio-political equations. Many forgotten souls either deliberately or inadvertently treated with reckless abandon have found their foots back. To the Chairman, those that made sacrifices for the growth of the local government must not be treated with neglect.

Fifth, today our health system is gradually being revamped. The people can now reach out to medical personnel without the hitherto strenuous route of making it to the metropolis before treatment. The amelioration of the hardships occassioned by the COVID-19 lockdown which nearly crippled the economy is an applause to the administration under review. Much has, indeed, been done within a few months.

Should the Chairman continue this way, I’m seeing his landmarks achievements sending him to the National Assembly by 2023. Interestingly, if the pace is sustained, Uche’s walk to the Green Chamber as our representative will be a walkover. His works could have put him at a vantage point against any contestant.

For now, with the way things are going, one would agree that the chairman is winning the hearts of his constituents through his laudable projects. It’s just a matter of time before the coast will become clearer for this great achiever to sail without hitch.