AS the count-down to the 2015 general election gathers momentum across the country, a lot of politicians-the pretenders, the down-ride-unserious, the serious, the rank outsiders, the true contenders as well as the ‘anointed’ are throwing their hats in the political ring for one position or the other. In all of these categories however, one characteristic remains constant- the courage to dare.
Knowing the treacherous character of politics, especially of the Nigerian hew; it in fact, demands a huge dose of courage for anyone to aspire to any elective position. But that is as far as the element of courage goes. To be able to galvanise the needed groundswell of enthusiasm, support, and actually emerge victorious at the end of the day requires much more than courage.
Here intellectual acumen, vision equally matched by a road map and implementation strategies, charisma as well as the human touch, are an irreducible minimum.
To be sure, not so many politicians in our clime are endowed with such a generous dose of the required leadership qualities. But the few so endowed have them in abundance. Dr (Mrs.) Ngozi Olejeme, FCIDA, MIoD is one of the rare few amongst us.
Olejeme is the quintessential candidate any electorate should hope for in an election year. An intellectual, accomplished entrepreneur, astute administrator, Philanthropist Without Borders, and a Visionary par excellence, Dr Olejeme has all it takes to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best and brightest in Delta state. Fortunately, she has not disappointed those who have long seen her as a Leader for the times. She has expectedly, thrown in her hat in the gubernatorial ring of the oil-rich Delta state.
Dr Olejeme brings to the table a reputation of extraordinary successes borne out of personal industry in both private and public life. In the private sector, Olejeme is Chairman/CEO of some reputable companies that are presently, true national institutions, employing thousands of Nigerians and foreigners alike.
She is Chairman/CEO, Able JES Nig. Ltd; Chairman/CEO, Fresh Energy Nig. Ltd; as well as Executive Director, JULIND Nig. Ltd. She had also, previously been Chairman, Board of Directors of several public institutions, including the Nigerian Social insurance Trust Fund and Trust Fund Pensions Plc. She has also served as Member, Board of Directors of several companies, including the Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd, Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SUR-P) as well as Sheraton Hotels and Towers, amongst others.
Politically, Olejeme is no neophyte. Apart from featuring prominently as one of the contenders in the PDP gubernatorial Primary in Delta state in 2007, she was also the Director of Finance, Goodluck Support Group (GSG) in 2007 and only recently, the Federal government (female) Delegate representing the South South region in the just- concluded National Conference (2014).
Although the foregoing towering credentials aptly qualifyOlejeme to vie for the top Executive job in Delta state, she is not running on these alone. This Amazon is certainly running on a New Vision for her beloved state. It is a vision borne out of a passion for service to man, God and country (state).
At different fora and interview sessions, Olejeme has spoken passionately about her dream for Delta state. Although she believes in the consolidation and continuity of the present governor’s mantra of “Delta Beyond Oil”, she wants to take this one notch higher- certainly a Delta beyond oil, but one that is anchored on participatory democracy, inclusive growth and equal opportunity for all citizens of the state.She believes agriculture holds the key to the actualization of the Delta Beyond Oil philosophy. Hear her: