IN the past, leaders in Nigeria have failed the people, too much promises, less action and that is the reason why an average Nigerian today hardly has any confidence in their leaders.
But even at that, there are still leaders with integrity, who have made promises, kept to them and are still keeping to them in the face of daunting challenges of leadership in the country today.
One such leaders is the Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, a man who has consistently keep to his election promises since he was re-elected for second term in 2011. Today Abia state which was a backward state on the index of development in the country before now, has witnessed and still witnessing uncommon transformation drive courtesy of legacy projects being executed by the present government in the state. A development that has rapidly drove investments into the state.
Anybody who has followed the politics of the state since 1999 with the dominance of the former governor, Orji Uzor Kalu’s political dynasty would never believe that such progress could be made in the state within the short period of Governor Orji’s re-election coupled with his successful and peaceful liberation of the state from Kalu and his mother’s stronghold.
The successful execution of some completed and on going legacy projects in the state which included New Workers Secretariat, International Conference Centre, Amaokwe Housing Estate, Judiciary Complex and others within a short period of Orji’s re-election is a clear testimony and evidence that his government was really hijacked, delayed and distracted during his first term in office by his predecessor and now estranged and frustrated godfather. Now the people must have realized what they lost in terms of developments in the age-long years of political godfatherism and dominance of the former governor of the state and his mother.
That is why the planned probe of the ex-governor’s administration between 1999-2007 by the state government is very much supported and hailed by the people. This is because such probe will give an insight on how the collective resources of the state was mismanaged and cornered by a particular family for more than a decade with nothing for people. Truly, governor Orji has shown that he is a better student of politics and governance than his predecessor, and the people of the state are already testifying and reciprocating it with the tremendous goodwill and support they have shown for his administration since his re-election.
Not forgetting his election promises on tackling of infrastructural challenges in Aba, Governor Orji had built a pedestrian bridge in infront of Abia State Polytecnic Aba along Aba/ Owerri to save the life of commuters especially students who had fell victims of road accident along the road in the past. His government has also constructed and rehabilitated many roads in the commercial city of Aba, including the long-abandoned Ukwummango road before the rainy season sets in.
But with the torrents of rainfall coupled with heavy flooding in the city, government contractors working there left the sites to avoid wastages and shoddy jobs. But instead of understanding the true situation of things, some armchair critics especially the leadership of NBA in Aba led by Charles Eduzor who had made themselves a pawn in the hand of Orji’s predecessor, out of malice continued to criticize and falsefully accuse Orji’s government of abandoning Aba roads.
Criticisms Orji’s government never allowed to derail its vision and commitment in Aba, knowing full well that it is much easier to be critical than to be correct, especially when such criticisms are being sponsored and paid for to achieve selfish political aim.
It was the British politician and author, Benjamin Disraeli who once said: “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming criticisms. The thing is to get the work done.”
It appears the above aphorism is Orji government’s philosophy in the face of his predecessor’s sponsored criticisms and attacks at his government since he liberated the state from his (Kalu) dynasty. As a man who lives and abides by his election promises to his people, Orji’s government has recently pointed out 16 roads that need serious attention in the city as the rainy season subsides and had made it clear that contractors had been mobilized to commence work on the roads any moment from now, so that motorists and commuters could enjoy the roads during the yuletide celebration.
The roads include Azikiwe, Jubillee, Cemetery, Milverton Avenue, Eziukwu/Okigwe roundabout, Ama Ogbonna, Nwala by Faulks road to Brass Junction at Aba Owerri road, Ngwa road, Ohanku which is on-going, Emelogu Road completed but to be added drainage, Ehere, Omoba road, Umuola road, Ikot Ekpene road from Opobo junction to Bata, Amaogbonna/Omuma by ACCN, Nwigwe by Nwagba Avenue and Geometric Access road Aba.
With this development, it is clear and convincing that the present administration in the state had always meant well for the city and the residents, but faced with natural.
Mrs. JOYCE OFODU, a computer analyst, wrote from Abuja