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As Emeka Ihedioha sets out

Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Governor-Elect of Imo State

As is the case in other states, an elaborate program has been drawn up for the inauguration of the Governor-Elect of Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha which takes place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

This is to be expected as, indeed, he fought and won a tough electoral battle. He, truly, deserves to be celebrated.

However, what should be of greater interest to him and the people of Imo State  should be what would be happening in the state after the dust of the festivities have cleared.

How prepared is the incoming governor for governance? What difference would he make in the lives of those he would be leading in the next four years? At the end of four years what would his score card show – excellent, good, fair, poor or fail?What level of counsel has he received and what manner of people would he assemble to help him actualise his vision?

Hon. Ihedioha must already be very ready for the task before him, given that he had run for the office at least twice before he eventually secured it and his vision must within that period have become clearer.

To re-enforce  this vision and equip himself with an informed road map, he put together a Transition Committee of eminent sons and daughters of the state, including those in the Diaspora to advise him on different sectors.

When the list was unveiled, many felt it was too long, forgetting the Scripture that says there is safety in a multitude of counsellors. The list, indeed, contains the names of some of those that can be considered among the best brains of the state, young and old, many of who had played, or are still playing at national and international levels.

Their recommendations should help Ihedioha to move the state forward in the right direction in record time, especially if he takes time to personally study the recommendations and apply those he considers in line with the best interests of the state. He can also pick from this group those to implement his blueprint.

He must settle down quickly and begin the process of transforming the state into a model in the shortest possible time. One of the most important strategies for him to adopt must be the principle of keeping sycophants and praise singers very far away from himself and bringing very close critical minds, those ready to speak truth to power, those with creative ideas, those that can think outside the box and those ready to criticise him constructively.

The buck stops at his desk. He cannot afford to make mistakes as it has become clear that the people of the state would not tolerate even average performance. The state has all it takes to become a model of all round excellence and he has a rare opportunity to etch his name in gold. Pursuit of short term gains would rob him of this opportunity to make history. Bad counsellors would lead him to a dead end and abandon him there while round pegs in square holes as cabinet members would only attract infamy.

The ball is now in his court and all people of goodwill can only wish him the very best as he sets forth on this historic journey.

(FOR THE RECORDS) The Members of the Transition Committee are as follows


Dr. Ernest Ebi Chairman

Dr. Kema Chikwe Vice Chairman

3. Chinedu Okpaleke Secretary

Sectoral Sub-Committee Membership

Projects Review Sub-Committee

1. Dr. Chris Asoluka – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Dr. Sam Amadi

3. Mr. Tony Abili

4. Dr. Ikechi Iwuagwu

5. Engr. Ben Ekwueme

6. Barr. Alozie Nwokoro

7. Mr. Dan Onwu

8. Bar P.G.U Madu – Secretary

Finance Review and Funding Initiative Sub-Committee

1. Dr. Abraham Nwankwo – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Dr. Emeka Osuji

3. Johnson Chukwu

4. Okey Nwosu

5. Prof. Uche Uwaleke

6. Dr. Okey Nwuke

7. Ano Anyanwu

8. Dr. Casmir Anyanwu

9. Mr. Paully Ajoko

10. Ken Orji – Secretary

Integrated Infrastructure Sub-Committee

1. Capt. Emma Iheanacho – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Prof. Ike Azogu – Deputy Chair

3. Mazi Nnamdi Udoh

4. Engr. Johnny Chukwu

5. Engr. Chibuike Achigbu

6. Dr. Albert Okorogu

7. Mr. Philip Chukwu

###8. Chidi Keneth Nwachukwu

9. Engr. Emeka Ugoanyanwu

10. Engr. Christian Akamnonu

11. Engr. Uzoma Achinanya

12. Dr. Iheanyi Ohiaeri

13. Mr. Chika Okafor

14. Mr. Tony Anyaegbu

15. Engr. Emeka Ekwebelem

16. Engr. John Otti

17. Engr. Celestine Omeni

18. Mr. George Nwangwu – Secretary

Human Capital Development Sub-Committee

1. Prof Jude Njoku – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Prof. Viola Onwuliri – Deputy Chair

3. Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie

4. Prof. Obioma Iheduru

5. Dr. Ikenna Nwachukwu

6. Dr. Mrs. Uche Moneke

7. Prof. I. C. Okonkwo

8. Prof B.E.B Nwoke

9. Prof Fr. Ethel Amaku

10. Prof. P.U. Okorie

11. Dr. Livinus Obilor

12. Engr. Charles Okoro

13. Prof. Florence Nduka

14. Nneka Davis – Ihekweme

15. Dr. Emeka Onyema

16. Dr. Mrs. Cate Osuji

17. Prof. I.N.S Dozie

18. Sir Evans Uzorkwe

19. Prof. Fr. Ogbonna – Secretary

Good Governance Sub-Committee

1. Justice Paul Onumajuru (Rtd) – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Innocent Chukwuma

3. Joe Abah

4. Reginald Ihebuzor

5. Mrs. Agatha Ndugbu

6. Prof. Chidi Odinkalu

7. Mr. Paschal Egwim

8. Mr. Emeka Diwe

9. Dr. Eddie Mbadiwe

10. Dr. Mrs. Joy Njemanze

11. Mr. Dan Nwanyanwu

12. Hon. Stanford Onyirimba

13. Sir Emma Ohakim

14. Barr. Nnaemeka Maduagwu – Secretary

Agriculture, Commerce and Industries Sub-Committee

1. Engr. Charles Ugwu – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Clem Owunna

3. Sen. Bright Nwanne

4. Dr. Chuma Ezedinma

5. Frank Nneji

6. Mr. Ben Obinali

7. Dr. Frank Jacobs

8. Mazi Chidi Okoro

9. Capt. Henry Omeogu

10. Obinna Onuoha

11. Prof. Goddy Onuoha

12. Dr. Nnaemeka Obiaraeri

13. Dr. Chijioke Osuji – Secretary

Job & Wealth Creation Sub-Committee

1. Prof. Ndi Okereke Onyiuke – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Dr. Clair Omatseye – Deputy Chair

3. Mr. Chineme Iheaku

4. Prof. Ebere Onwudiwe

5. Comrade Joe Ajearo

6. Mr. John Ekezie Okeahialam

7. Princess Gloria Akobundu

8. Prof Bongo Adi

9. Mr. Uche Odozor

10. Mrs. Chidi Ngoka

11. Dr. Mrs Bibiana Okoroafor

12. Amb. Adaobi Obioha

13. Mr. C.N.C Nwachukwu – Secretary

Tourism and Hospitality Sub-Committee

1. Mr. Charles Anudu – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Prof. A B C Duruaku – Deputy Chair

3. Ken Ikpe

4. Austin Chilakpu

5. Barr. Demo Oduoma

Talents and Opportunities Sub-Committee

1. Mr. Dan Ngerem – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Mr. Stanley Amuchie – Deputy Chair

3. Kanu Nwankwo

4. Okey Onyegbule

5. Rep of Vulnerable Group

6. Mr.Linus Okorie

7. Mr. Excel Ochiama

8. Fan Ndubuoke – Secretary

Security Sub-Committee

1. Sir. Mike Okiro – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Dr. Martin Ejidike

3. AIG. Charles Ugomuo (rtd)

4. Sir. Joe Nwachukwu

5. Amb. Paul Njoku

6. Chief Ben Opara

7. Gen. Chijioke Egwuagu – Secretary

Diaspora Initiatives Sub-Committee

1. Prof. Chudi Uwazuruike – Sub- Committee Chair

2. Martin Ezemma

3. Dr. Agatha Anosike

4. Chief Alozie Aguwa

5. Bonny-Life Ndu

6. Ugoeze Edith Ohanwe

7. Chinedu Chukwuonye

8. Dr. Rita Amakiri

9. Chief Charles Eke

10. Mr Bosco Nwokeji

11. Anselm Okorie – Secretary

Owerri Town Planning Sub-Committee

1. Chuka Odom – Sub-Committee Chair

2. Hon. Levi Oguike – Deputy Chair

3. Mr. Chinenye Nwabueze

4. Sir Gabriel Odua

5. Paul Onwuanibe

6. Arc. Noel Obioma

7. Arc. Festus Adibe Njoku

8. Sir Chucks Okoronkwo

9. Mr. Humphrey Anumudu

10. Steve Onu – Secretary


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One comment

  1. Chucks Asoluka

    The time is now and the era is ripe for a new style of governance and leadership in Imo State. The lessons of outgoing Gov Okorocha remain a dagger to Imo souls and cannot be repeated. Am sure that Rt. Hon. Ihedioha is taking steps already to touch the political and civic grassroots of Imo State. We expect that this new government will not leave any Local Government Area behind.The change we need now is that government that excludes none. Any charity should start at home and not South Africa and her environs.

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