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Uko Ndukwe Nkole: A Dynamic Leader With a Passion For Grassroots Development


By John Eze

In the Nigeria socio-political terrain the quest for leadership acumen, foresight, agility and dexterity has become urgent and undoubtedly frenetic due to the seeming collapse of government at certain levels and the attendant hardships imposed on the people who are supposed to benefit from the government largesse and patronage to cushion the effects of the harsh economic recession reigning in the nation shores and beyond.


However those searching for such required leadership skills do need to venture to Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency Of Abia State as their incumbent Member in the House of Representatives Hon. Uko Ndukwe Nkole, a consummate technocrat and resourceful avatar in the administrative and management paradigm has taken the advancement of the leadership desiderata and qualitative representation to the next level thus ensuring that his beloved constituents continue to reap bountifully from his consistent and benevolent delivery of democratic dividends to all and sundry.

Having laid the foundation for highly successful and immensely beneficial academic, administrative and professional career which culminated in his ascension to one of the highest managerial positions in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Hon. Ndukwe Nkole moved resiliently into the political arena armed with only one mantra: service, service and service yet again to the people no more no less as the erstwhile FCDA top notcher is of the fervent belief that only through delivering unremitting service can one hope to truly define his or her ultimate purpose in life.

Indeed, Nigeria political landscape is tricky and quite challenging for fresh entrants but Hon. Ndukwe Nkole is no rookie by any objective standard as he has long studied, analysed and practricdised the nature and essence of politicking both from far and near and his epochal entry coincided with the resounding defeat of many of his opponent some of whom were regarded as political heavyweights and caterpillars to borrow the well worth phrase of late Chief K.O Mbadiwe of blessed memory.

One of the factors that contributed to the triumph of Hon. Ndukwe Nkole’s political tendency and his acute relevance to date is the people’s belief in his sincerity of purpose and firmness of conviction and direction that has no truck for semantic distinctions and double speak but is straightforward, principled and resolute in all its positive ramifications.

With over 3 decades of public service Hon. Ndukwe Nkole was not found with any faults, failure or malfeasances in the conduct of his official functions or duties, while other public officers delighted themselves with looting the public till, Hon. Ndukwe Nkole was not of that category hence his public service record is untainted and unblemished, a quality that endeared him to his peers, underlings and superiors thus the numerous commendations and recognitions that came a consequence.
A proactive Hon. Nkole has wasted precious little time in embarking on crucial constituency projects including the provision of:
New Classrooms Block at Amankwu Ohafia; Rehabilitationof Atan Abam Bridge; Reconstruction of Idima Abam Bridge;
Construction of Arochukwu/Ohafia Road (on-going);
Motorized Borehole at Ihenta (Ibina) Ohafia;
Abam Water scheme Ozu Abam;
Motorized Borehole at Ebem Ohafia Police station;
Building of a block of 6-Classrooms at Ndia-Nku Ohafia in Partnership with CHAMA;
Rehabilitation of 5 Classroomsblock at Obiene Secondary Technical School, Ututu;
Rehabilitation of 5 Classrooms block and Principal’s office at Nkporo Comprehensive School, Ohafia LGA;
Rehabilitation of Health Center at Ndiememe, Ohafor Abam;
Donation of 5 nos. 200KVA Transformers to various communities in Arochukwu/Ohafia Abia State;
Construction of motorized Borehole at Umuzomgbo Ihechiowa; Donation of Electric Cables to Ndi Okpo and Umuzomgbo Ihechiowa;
Registration of First School Leaving Certificate Exams for all Indigent pupils in Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency;
Construction of Modern bungalows for 2 widows in Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency;
Supply of Electricity power and reticulation in Abiriba Water Scheme;
Reticulation of the Amuvi Water Scheme Arochukwu;
On-going repair works at failed portions of Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia Road;
Fencing of Ozu-Abam Health Centre; Reticulation of Water from Ekeluogo to Mgbagha and Eziukwu Compound in Ebem Ohafia with provisions of overheads tanks.

The constituency projects proposed in the 2017 budget estimates by a benevolent minded Hon.Nkole Ndukwe includes:
Training/Empowerment materials for Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency; Rehabilitation of Bridge at Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency (Ndiebe AbamBridge);
Supply of School Materials for Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency;
Rehabilitation of Utughiyi Primary School, Isu;
Restoration of Abiriba Water Scheme;
Stand Alone Solar Power Lights for Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency;
Surface dressing ofAmaukabi/Amangwu intra City 1km Road;
Supply of Medical Equipment to Health Centres in Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency;
Rehabilitation of Ubila/Ametiti Primary School Ututu;
Rehabilitation of Bende-Arochukwu-Ohafia Road Section I;
Rehabilitation of Arochukwu- Ohafia Road Section II;
Reconstruction of Ohafia – Arochukwu Bridge;
Construction of Nkporo-Abiriba-Ohafia Road in Abia State; Completion of Ohafia junction-Nkporo-oso Junction;
Enhancement of power supply in Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency;
Maintenance of a dilapidated Bridge along Ndi Ebe-Abiriba Road off Bende-Ohafia- Arochukwu Road, Abia State;
3 Nos 300KVA Transformers in Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency; Rehabilitation of Okweji Memorial School, Ozu Abam in Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency.

To delineate the scope and breadth of Hon. Ndukwe Nkole’s constituency interventions and democratic dividends delivery to his people is beyond the length of this treatise suffice to state that Hon. Nkole Ndukwe has come, he has seen and he has continued to conquer to the glory of God and the ultimate welfare and well being of his constituents.
Abians and Nigeria in general as the dynamic and purposeful federal parliamentarian interacts, interfaces, mentors and empowers people on a daily basis without regard to ethnic, religious sectional, partisan and linguistic affiliations
OKECHUKWU ODINAKA SENT IN THIS PIECE FROM GARKI ABUJA

HON NDUKWE NKOLE; TAKING THE DELIVERY OF DEMOCRATIC DIVIDENDS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

In the 8th National Assembly, particularly the House of Representatives, there has been a great deal of legislative activism coupled with democratic populism as some highly focused members like Hon. Nkukwe Nkole, who have sought to make the difference in terms of taking the bar of lawmaking, representation and over sighting of the nations vast MDA bureaucracy to the next level.
In fact Hon Nkole’s triumphant entry into the House of Representatives on 9th June 2015 after a landslide victory over his opponents in the general elections did not surprise many an observer or constituent as he Hon. Nkole had already achieved a remarkable reputation as a goal setter and go-getter, who was fastidious about achievements and excellent performances in his academic, professional, public service and now, political career.
Indeed, Hon. Nkole does not believe in mediocrity or average performance, to him the sky is not just the limit but only a platform for further progress and advancement of his aims, achievements and aspirations as the case may be.
Therefore his template in the House of Representatives revolve around the accelerated and undiluted delivery of democratic dividends to his beloved people of Arochukwu /Ohefia Federal Constituency and this objective would be pursued to its logical conclusion not caring whose ox was gored in the process.

From day one of inauguration, an ever vigilant Hon. Ndukwe Nkole was alert during debates and deliberations on the floor of the House in order to thwart any resolution or motion that might impact negatively on his constituents and in the same breadth was also ready to support any other resolution that would improve his constituents’ welfare and wellbeing.

Also a multitasking, Hon. Nkole Ndukwe lobbied long and hard for meaningful and beneficial infrastructural and developmental projects to be sited in his area, be they in the roads, education, health, rural development, agricultural, power, water borehole, and women and youth empowerment sectors.
Accordingly, Hon. Nkole worked the phones tirelessly contacting federal bureaucrats and administrators, impressing on them the necessity of such projects and the urgency of their being sited in his domain.
For Hon. Ndukwe Nkole believes in making hay while the sun shines and he is not one to allow grass to grow under his feet as the proverbial saying goes And with time Hon. Nkole’s diligent efforts have paid off and numerous infrastructural and developmental projects have been sighted in his constituency In fact when gratified constituents sing the praises of their action –oriented federal legislator, what Hon. Nkole tells them is that what he is doing for them is not a favour but part of his moral and political duty, if not his legislative function which does not relate to constituency projects.

In this regard what Hon. Ndukwe Nkole is actually saying is that he is morally obligated to take all steps necessary to attract developmental projects even though many of his colleagues in the National Assemble may not buy this line of thought believing that their duty resides mainly within the legislative and representative purview stricto senso.

However the visionary impetus driving Hon.Ndukwe Nkole can be likened to the man that saw tomorrow and took concrete steps to prepare for the eventuality while his friends, family and colleagues were content with only living for today and the present.
Hon.Ndukwe Nkole’s historic mission to the National Assembly is to better the lot of his people in all political, social, economic and developmental parameters and as the encomiums, praises adulation and congratulatory messages pour in as well as the expected murmurs, grumblings and rumors mongering by persistent malcontents and nay sawyers, astute and highly motivated parliamentarian remains undeterred and acutely focused on taking his people to the famed promised land.

JOHN EZE wrote THIS PIECE FROM UMUAHIA ABIA STATE.