Making Gov. Uzodimma’s 3R mantra effective


Shortly, after assumption of office as the executive governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma proclaimed that his administration would be guided by the principles of reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery (3R). In theory, this is the same as the Rebuild Imo mantra of former Governor Emeka Ihedioha. In principles, the 3R mantra and the Rebuild Imo mantra seem to be poles apart. While former Governor Emeka Ihedioha a leadership principle of first defining reality of the situation before anything else, Governor Uzodinma did not define reality and this is the major reason his administration is yet to land.
American leadership guru and business philosopher stated thus: the first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. In the Re-build Imo administration of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, he had set up several committees with the aid of various technocrats who had come together to divide the state into various sections of need. Ihedioha brought experts and technocrats in various fields of endeavour to help define the reality in the state and produce a blueprint or guide for each section of the state’s life. The popularity of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in Imo and Nigeria today is as a result of the full implementation of the various blueprints handed over to him by these experts and technocrats who had consulted widely. This is why Imolites-especially civil servants and pensioners are very nostalgic about that short-lived administration.
On the contrary, Governor Hope Uzodimma assumed office and till now Imolites are yet to see or know the direction of his administration. Moreover, the governor is yet to meet journalists in the state and acquaint them with what blueprint he is working with or what his vision for the state is, as well as how he intends to achieve this vision.
However, that Imo is in dire strait doesn’t need a soothsayer to tell it. The only cause of all the headaches of this administration is what Economists call liquidity crunch which means scarcity of funds! For this lack of funds in the state, some people have nicknamed the shared prosperity administration as shared poverty administration. This is regrettable given that those who know Senator Uzodimma very well have always described him as a giver, humane and a person who, as a private person, had shown kindness to an uncountable number of people. Though I have never benefited from Governor Uzodimma’s magnanimity, I believe he means well for the state. But meaning well for the state is not enough. How do you translate this psychological state of mind into the reality of food on the table, opportunities for people to cultivate their gifts and learning, infrastructure and so on? The answer is not farfetched.
With almost one year in office, it has become impossible to define reality in the state as Ihedioha had done. However, the governor has to give teeth to his 3R mantra by truly embarking on full swing recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of all agencies under the ministries. All the agencies visited by yours sincerely are lamenting that for eight months now, no funds have been released to them. Some of these agencies have high IGR generating capacities and if not funded risk becoming moribund and only good for the archives. Some agencies, when adequately funded, have the capacity to make people’s lives more meaningful, healthier and improve people’s standard of living. Funding these agencies will also impact very positively on society by having money circulate. The multiplier effect of funding the agencies is unquantifiable. Nevertheless, there needs to be a productivity audit of all agencies or parastatals to determine their viability, otherwise scarce funds would be wasted trying to recover or rehabilitate them. As a matter of urgency, this has to be done without delay.
Truth must be told no matter how bitter! Governor Hope Uzodimma is yet to get the full buy-in of Imolites. Most of them still feel nostalgic about Hon. Emeka Ihedioha’s administration and very often reminisce about it. However, Uzodimma should work his way into the good side of the people’s mind. The salary and pensions crisis must come to an end. There is a need to have people of character man sensitive positions in the state. According to 16th-century Florentine statesman, Nicolo Machiavelli, “the first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. ” As governor, the men Senator Uzodimma has around him are very well known to Imolites. They are not strangers. They are the image of Governor Uzodimma and his 3R administration. They can also be described as his extended shadow. Whether they do well or not, the responsibility ultimately falls on the man that has appointed them -the governor. This is why, as one who really means well for the state, Governor Uzodimma must shun all parochial sentiments and only appoint tested, tried and qualified people with character. Character is the most important of these. New York Times bestselling author, John C. Maxwell says that “no number of titles, degrees, offices, designation, awards, licenses or other credentials can substitute for basic, honest integrity when it comes to the power of influencing others. Integrity or character must be the first consideration if Governor Hope Uzodimma wants to succeed. This is because the buck stops on his table, according to former President Harry Truman. So, Governor Uzodimma should beware of members of the inner circle-those he relies on for advice. He should also personally visit these high capacity IGR- yielding agencies and speak directly to those in charge there and not rely on second-hand information.


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