UDENWA, Chief Uzomah Achike

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State of Origin: Imo Local Government Area: Orlu Village/Town: Amaifeke Contact Address: Government House, Owerri, Imo State His Excellency. Chief Dr. Achike Udenwa wasborn in 1948 to a strong Christian parentage inAmaifeke. Orlu Local Government Areaof Imo State. He lost his father at a very tender age but his mother lived up to2000. He isthe only son ofthe parents but has a sister. Proved a very brilliant boy at the primary school and worked hard tojustify at the end of his primary school with a Distinction Certificate from the First School Leaving Certificate Examinations conducted by the former Eastern Nigerian Ministry of Education. Education • Distinction Primary Six First School Leaving Certificate West African School Certificate Grade I 1966 Lower Six.oflhe Higher School Certificate Class in 1967 when the Nigerian Biafra War Intercepted. • College of Technology Enugu Diploma in Accountancy • Joined Peat. Marwick. Cassleton Elliott &Co lo train for professional Accountancy and qualified in 1976 • Became a Fellow of Chartered Institute in 1982 Job Experience Worked briefly in the Banking Sector soon after qualifying as an accountant. Joined Pet. Marwick. Cassleton Elliott& Co to qualify as a CharteredAccountant. Audit Manager 1981 • Joined Monier Construction Company Nig. Ltd (MCC) in 1993 as the Financial Controller and later to the rank of General Manager Finance. Achike Udenwa and Political Traits • Natural gifts for Leadership and Political service. Served as the secretary general ofthe Students' Union. Collegeof Technology Enugu • Identified fully with progressive political party in the2nd Republic - People's Redemption Party ( PRP) 1978. Nigeria' s Peoples Party ( NPP) 1983. Social Democratic Party of Nigeria ( SDP) 1992. Democratic Party of Nigeria ( DPN) 1997/1998 and the present Peoples Democratic Party PDP • Joined Party Politics fully and won election as the Executive Governor of Imo State 1999- 2003 and was re-elected 2003 2007 Chief Udenwa as the Executive Governor of Imo State As a Financial Expert and manager. Governor Udenwa came out witha Mission called Redemption '98 Agenda The Redemption '98 has been transformed into the latestTripod Vision of Agriculture, Industrialization and Re-orientalion of ImoState which he saw as conduits lo highercivilization, development and emancipation for Imo People. Reversed the epileptic economic order of Imo State to a buoyant and private-sector driven economy Has brought enterprise, productivity, hard work, transparency and discipline to the business of governance. Introduced gradual revolution in the Imo psyche of political leadership and followership Entrenched the philosophy of Politics without Bitterness, a vast student ofthe great Political Leader, Late Aminu Kano who vvas a brilliant Political Philosopher and pragmatic Leader. A gradual process of re-orientation ofthe Imo People Has transformed Imo State from being a Land of Hope to the Eastern Heartland and where the Hope is transformed into Reality. Community Development has been deeply rooted in his philosophy right from childhood. The philosophy has propelled him to embark on Projects and voyages that ordinarily would not have been the priority of Government. Been a Bridge between Private-Sector and Financial/ Development Institutions as a strategy to institute a private sector driven economy in Imo State. • Considers public-driven economy as un-progressive. Leadership Style A great mobiliser The Founder and one time Chairman ofSouth-East Governor's Forum - a meeting point of mind rubbing by the Governors of Igbo land who think alike and discuss common problems of how to help the Igbo nation. Commitment lo Vision - faultless Patriotism lo him is compo ion and humility is his slock- in-trade, faith in God is whole, entire and total. He is a man who has restored peace in different factions ofthe state and brought people together. Entrenched peace and comradeship to the extent that many investors are coming to do business in Imo Stale Many organisations, festivals and games of various dimensions have come to see Imo Stale as a home for rest and security. He has breathed a healthy AIR into Imo Economy. Awards and Honours More than 45 communities have honoured him with chieftaincy titles among them are • Ogbuagu ofOguta • Onwa of Imo • Ohamadike of Mbaise Well respected inslitutions have also honoured him with Honorary doctorate degrees • Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) Imo State University. • Fellow of Institute of Management and Technology • Doctor of Managementand Technology ofthe Federal Universityof Technology Owerri OtherAchievements within the Tenure of Chief Achike Udenwa • New Imo Secretariat • Imo State University Teaching Hospital • Songhai Agricultural Redemption Centre Nekede • Nekede Exclusive Gardens • Sam Mbakwe Airport Presidential Lounge • Numerous Asphalted and long-kilometre roads network. Has banished the •abandoned-project- syndrome which was a means of corrupt enrichment of leaders and contractors - a strong believer o\' " bite as much as you chew' - budgetwhen you can implement and accomplish within a given time. An Assessment His Excellency Chief Dr Achike Udenwa is a cool-headed leader with a sharp focus and guarded steps. He is a man of peace who has restored confidence and friendship with all parts ofthe states irrespective of religious, class and political affiliation. Hehas worked quietly and systematically toraise the profile ofthe state without making much noise about his achievements. He isdefinitely a man who has contributed much to the growth of modern Imo State. lie is happily married to ChiefMrs Theresa Agbonma Udenwa. a fellow accountant and one time Head of Department of Banking and Finance, University of Science and Technology. Port Harcourt. She is an Icon herself. They are both blessed wilh six children.
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