Sunday 25th June, 2017
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Gov Ugwuanyi needs not bother about his political future

Gov Ugwuanyi needs not bother about his political future

Let me start this piece by deviat­ing a bit before coming to the main menu. Reason for this de­viation will become clear shortly as we go further in this discussion.
Frankly speaking, one potent force which many people do not take seri­ously is the issue of perception. This is a terrible human psycho-social phe­nomenon which can distort positive dispositions and lead to wrong judg­ment or even wrong action in many cases. Let me explain with two per­sonal examples.
At a wedding ceremony I attend­ed in Enugu recently, I met a friend I had not seen for over four years. We were not talking on phone because as we discovered later both of us lost our phone numbers which we ex­changed. Before we went into the hall, we engaged on general discus­sions but suddenly, as if stung by a bee, he said, “Sam, it is like Gover­nor Ugwuanyi has recruited you to shower praises on him in the nation­al papers?”
I was taken aback and asked what he meant. “In your recent article on his 53rd birthday and the two previ­ous ones I read, it was praise galore for the governor. That is why I was thinking he has recruited you either directly or indirectly and luckily we meet today so I have to find out”, was his response. I asked him if there is anything wrong in writing good of a public officer who is performing well in his administrative duties. He said no. I told him that he has judged him­self but assured him that I had not been recruited by anybody directly or indirectly to praise the governor more so, as he has aides employed to manage his media interest.
Barely a week later, I met anoth­er friend, a former roommate at Al­van Ikoku Hall, University of Nige­ria Nsukka (UNN). Since we left the University over 28 years ago, we have not seen each other. He is an Engi­neer and now CEO of his own en­gineering company operating in the South-East. As we went on discuss­ing, he again asked me “Sam, as a sen­ior journalists and media consultant, why is it that journalists in this coun­try would not write any good thing about anybody unless money ex­changed hands?
He further explained that when­ever they invited journalists for press tour, his PRO would demand some money for invited journalists. I was a bit unsettled by this second encoun­ter by a roommate of 3 years and a friend then. I asked him if his com­pany had been delivering quality jobs, he said yes. If they had tried not giv­ing out money after such invitation and journalists who attended re­fused to write their reports or wrote bad reports against them, he said no. “Why do you reach such conclusion and generalization?” I enquired furi­ously. He apologized and said it was wrong perception.
I told him I have never met Gov­ernor Ugwuanyi personally though, I have written good commentaries about him based on his good work. I told him that even a letter I wrote for the attention of the governor, I had to pass it through the official channel and over four weeks then (and even now), I am yet to get a reply. That if I had been ‘recruited’, I would have simply booked appointment to see him and discuss the content of the letter with him before handing it over.
I had to recount these issues be­cause of the effect perception on hu­man thinking and actions. But the fact remains that Governor Ug­wuanyi ‘recruited’ me by his won­derful achievements in his develop­mental strides in Enugu state since he came to power. As the Chairman of Amurri Unity Forum, a non-political organization in Nkanu West of Enu­gu state, that brings well placed in­digenes from the four autonomous communities together after they were divided to handle common issues af­fecting them, I wrote my first article in the paper last November, drawing the attention of His Excellency to the terrible state of our only access road to the town.
Swiftly, he visited the communi­ties and promised to award contract on the road, the first by any chief ex­ecutive who had governed the state. Apart of this demonstration of good leadership to my people, the Gover­nor is regarded as one of the best in the country today. He spreads devel­opment across the state to the admi­ration of the people. He is one of the few governors that have been pay­ing salaries and pensions as at when due in the country. He does not make empty promises like some politicians in this country. Enugu state workers gave him award recently as the most worker-friendly governor since the creation of the state.
In spite of lean resources, he has been doing his best to move Enugu State forward. He is humane and car­ing, friendly and God fearing, hum­ble to the core, always smiling but firm in doing the right thing. He is regarded as a good man by majori­ty of our people. He is not perfect as only God is infallible. Because of this, he needs not bother about his polit­ical future in the state. Enugu state people will surely identify with him when the chips are down.
So, writing positively about a pub­lic officer like him is natural and my own little way to encourage him to do more. I don’t think anything is wrong with this.
Nwanze (samnze@yahoo.com), Chairman of Amurri Unity Forum, is a Journalist and Media Consult­ant based in Abuja.

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