*INCOMING ENUGU NORTH SENATOR- GOVERNOR UGWUANYI BRINGING HIS VAST EXPERIENCE TO THE SENATE AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.*
*BY RICH ONOS OBIE*
The true quest of Leadership is service. Where service is topmost in priority, the leader exhibits selflessness thereby promoting values, creating positive impacts and the much needed environment for Unity, Peace, Progress/Prosperity and massive development across board as well as enthroning Equity, Fairness and Justice. In this vein, Service is juxtaposed with Character, Competence, Credibility, Experience and Track-record/antecedents of the leader.
The Legislature is the direct voice of the people; as the Legislators are direct representatives of the people. Representation is a very sensitive concept as it involves the constant alignment of the Legislator with the position of the people. It entails listening to the people as you pay attention to details; Making Laws in the interest of the people, Oversight Functions as well as attracting government presence in forms of schemes and projects for the benefits of the people.
It's a no-brainer that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi ticks the boxes and fits the bill as he submits himself to serve as the Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District. A man with strong character- widely known as "a Man of Peace"; a reference point of humility laced with compassion, kindness and magnanimity, who from the start of his political career operates an open door policy: listening and carrying everyone along.
Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is well trained and exposed. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Finance and M.Sc. degree in Marketing (Public Relations) from the nation's foremost university(UNN). He also holds MBA degree in Finance and another MBA degree in Accountancy from Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). Capacity, Competence and Experience is key, as Governor Ugwuanyi has been displaying through his career as an insurance broker which entails skillful negotiations, smooth talks and quality delivery as well as his Political career. Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi served in the National Assembly (House of Representatives, 2003 to 2015) representing Udenu/Igbo-eze North federal constituency. Between 2003 and 2007, he served as the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Pension during which era the revolutionary Pension 2004 Acts was enacted. In 2007, he served as the Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport that birthed new legislations aimed at equipping the marine transport sector in line with international best practices. Due to his diligence and performance, he was appointed to serve as Chairman, House Committee on Niger Delta where through his skillful negotiation tactics and smooth talks brought calmness, peace and increased productivity in oil exploration in the Niger Delta. Going by the words that made the rounds, he was nicknamed "Chairmo of Chairmos" by his colleagues and also the belligerent parties in the Niger Delta. It's a known fact that plenaries in all Houses of Assembly worldwide is a formality of the intense negotiations and smart moves/lobbying made behind closed doors. There comes in Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi- an intelligent and smart negotiator who is also a smooth talker to deliver the goods, not only for the people of Enugu North Senatorial District but also for the society at large.
Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's exemplary leadership qualities, overwhelming performance and results coupled with his humanitarian activities, endeared him to Ndi Enugu. And the people came out in their droves to support and elect him Governor in 2015. In fact, he was like the most popular Governorship candidate in the country in 2015 with the title- "GburuGburu" which has been modified to the moniker- "Gburuuss". Governor Ugwuanyi performed credibly and excellently well in his first tenure as Governor and again the people troop out en-masse to re-elect him Governor for a second tenure with an overwhelming result of over 97% of the vote cast. The highest recorded in Governorship elections across the nation.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's track-record speaks volume as he continually consolidates the gains of Democracy: Creating a robust economy and atmosphere in the State which is attracting Foreign Direct Investments; Employment Creation; Construction and rehabilitation of over 8,000km roads linking the Urban and Rural areas; Prompt payment of Workers Salary plus 13th month payment; The just completed Fly-Over at T-Junction; Newly built and commissioned Nsukka Stadium with 5,000 seating capacity; State of the Art Medical Diagnostic Centre- first of its kind in the South-East; Unity Park- a relaxation and recreational centre as part of the Urban Renewal Drive and many other feats.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is a Philanthropist, Team player, Bridge builder, Peacemaker, a friend to everyone with an ever burning passion to serve humanity. This underpins his bid to represent Enugu North Senatorial District in the National. As a legislator in the House of Representative between 2003 and 2015, he worked successfully with the Executive Arm of Government. Now, as the Executive Governor of Enugu State from 2015 till date, he has been working successfully with the legislative arm in harmony delivering great feats thereby writing his name in the hearts of Ndi Enugu. This vast experience garnered over time with proven track records is what Incoming Enugu North Senator- Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is bringing to the Senate, National Assembly and the society at large. He is indeed an excellent and efficient asset to the Nation. And the reward for great work is more work- (Luke 19 vs 17).