By Kenneth Uwasomba 08060932883
The late Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, once said: “You must be a change you want to see in the world” and I make bold to advice Governor Hope Uzodinma, to be a change he would like to see in the future, with the governance of Imo State. This, he has to do by holistically ensuring proper implementation of his programmes and policies, anchored on the 3R mantra of reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery. And to actualize this, he must have the political will and drive to make decisions that will add value to the lives of the governed, through transparency and leadership by example. It goes without saying that, this had been the bane of Imo governance. A review of successive administrations, at least, since the dawn of the Fourth Republic in 1999, beginning with the Imo Redemption programme of Chief Achike Udenwa, through the Clean and Green Initiative of Chief Ikedi Ohakim, to the Rescue Mission of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, which is adjudged the worst by not a few people, and the short lived Rebuild Imo of Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, it can be said, unfortunately, that the state and her people had been unlucky, with regard to their leaders.
What battles one is that every administration would accuse the previous one of corruption, embezzlement of funds, ineptitude, inefficiency and every imaginable evil, yet at the end of the day, it will go back to all those evils for which it condemned its predecessor and the circle continues. But, some of that administration wasted more than two or three years talking about the misdeeds of their predecessors, forgetting why they were elected.
Therefore, it is imperative, that apart from the shared prosperity programme of your administration which I urge you to ensure its full implementation, you have a responsibility to study the blueprint of your predecessors- continue with the programmes that are commendable, discard the ones that are not good and review the ones that need to be reviewed. Let me use this opportunity to commend the governor for ordering the continuation of the projects he inherited from the Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha -led administration. After all, is it not said that the government is a continuum. Accepted is the fact that Imo people need good governance, but that does not mean that those who looted the state in the past should not be made to pay back. That is why the implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Benjamin Iheaka Judicial panel of inquiry that probed the eight years administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, should not be swept, under the carpet. Even more panels of inquiring should be set up, otherwise, you wouldn’t be taken seriously on your said determination to eradicate corruption in the state.
A joke is said of a certain bird which perched on a tree in the bush on a Saturday night. There, it saw a group of occult men arrive for their nocturnal meeting. The following day, being Sunday, it went on, the bird flew to a certain church only to be confronted with the sight of the same occult men seated at the front row of seats in the Church. Shocked and irritated, it started flapping its wings chirping, Ukochukwuna the same people, Ukochukwuna the same people”…. which means” Priest of God it’s the same people, priest of God it’s the same people”. What this joke implies is that it is the same people, faces and characters that led the state to its present avoidable backwardness. You should, therefore, be mindful of this in order not to be counted among those that brought economic doom to the state.
The re-election of the Edo State governor, Mr. Obaseki should be a lesson to all who have the mandate of their people to use it effectively for their good, because there is always a payday. Be the goose that will lay the golden egg and your footprint will be on the sands of time. The choice is yours!