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Uzor Azubuike: A Pacesetter – By Ugochukwu Ezenwa

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Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. Robin S. Sharma.

Hon Uzo Azubuike  did  tremendously well within his time as the member representing Aba north and Aba south Federal constituency. In life, when people see your good works, it is not every person that will appreciate what you are doing and that is exactly what is happening today in Abia State. There are people who have seen that Hon Uzo Azibuike  has done so well and rather than support and acclaim what he is doing, they resort to promoting falsehood and bare-faced lies in order to deceive the general public. For me, the main goal of those who engage in these mischievous acts is just to seek attention and relevance.

These criticisms are mere distractions and the whole world has come to see that Hon Uzo Azibuike  is outstanding in all facets. Such criticisms, we know those behind them and, of course, these are people we consider as failed politicians.

SINCE INCEPTION OF ABA NORTH/ABA SOUTH FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY, WE HAVE SEEN REPRESENTATION AFTER REPRESENTATION. I MAKE BOLD TO SAY UNEQUIVOCALLY AND WITHOUT TREPIDATION THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN SUCH A ROBUST, PURPOSEFUL, FAITHFUL AND UNPRECEDENTED REPRESENTATION SUCH AS  COURTESY  HON. BARR. UZO AZUBUIKE.” OSSY PRESTIGE WILL CLOCKED TWO YEARS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AS THE MEMBER REPRESENTING ABA FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY IN THE NIGERIA’S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.  TWO YEARS IS A BASIS FOR EVALUATION OF HIS PERFORMANCE SINCE HE HAS TWO MORE YEARS TO SERVE OUT HIS TENURE. BUT IN THE RECKONING OF HIS CONSTITUENTS, OSSY PRESTIGE  HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING  IN TWO YEARS TO EARN HIM ANY CREDIT.

HAS REPRESENTATION IS ALL ABOUT DECEIT AND LIES.

Below are some of the achievements of Rt. Hon. Barr. Uzo Azubuike, during his days at the National Assembly:

RT. HON. UZOR ALSO GAVE OVER 120 ABIAN’S AND NON ABIAN’S FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT.

HE ATTRACTED 45 MILLION NAIRA, TO ABIA POLYTECHNICS ABA, THROUGH THE TETFUND, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MINI MODERN AUDITORIUM, NOW STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE MAIN GATE.

HE ALSO ATTRACTED 10 MILLION NAIRA WARRANT TO ABIA POLY, WHICH THEY USED IN PURCHASING TWO BRAND NEW TOYOTA HILUX VEHICLES.

HE SPONSORED SO MANY BILLS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE CONVERSION OF ABIA STATE POLYTECHNICS AS A FEDERAL INSTITUTION.

HE GAVE ABA FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY A VOICE AT THE GREEN CHAMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. HIS LEGISLATIVE PROWESS, WARN HIM AN AWARD, AS THE 2014- MOST OUTSTANDING HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER ON LAW MAKING.

IN HIS OVERSIGHT FUNCTION, HIS CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ON PUBLIC PETITIONS, GAVE LIFE TO THE PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION (OMBUDSMAN) ETC

RT. HON. UZO IS A LEGISLATOR PER EXCELLENCE. HIS REPRESENTATION WAS QUALITATIVE AND RESOUNDING. HIS ACHIEVEMENTS ARE LEGION.

Hon Uzo is a lawyer by training, his appointment and performance in office within 2 years has confirmed what I always believed about political positions and leadership; an office is as big as the occupant. While many commissioners of agriculture have come and gone in the state, I doubt that many Abians will remember any of them with substantial achievements that can be termed revolutionary. 

Since the resumption of hon Uzo Azubuike as commissioner of Agriculture Abia State is being moulded into a State to reckon with in the near future in Agro-Business. This will be made feasible by the ingenuity and foresight of the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration to delve into commercial agriculture as a fallback, since the petro-dollars are not flowing in again.

Just a week ago, he was in Abakaliki (Ebonyi state) to teach our sister state government how to grow mushrooms in commercial quantities, on the specific request of Governor Dave Umahi, following his visit to Abia on peer review and cooperation mission.

The training of 340 Abia Youths in Mushroom Farming and Oilpalm production respectively will commence soon.

On his Achievements Azubuike recently  disclosed this while addressing executive members of Poultry Association of Nigeria, Abia state chapter who paid him a courtesy call at his office in Umuahia, explaining that the clusters will be equipped with necessary facilities and would be given out to members to manage it.

Honorable Azubuike is also supporting  other commercial Agricultural businesses like poultry and fish farming. 

Construction of the 1st phase of the 100 pens Poultry clusters in the 3 senatorial zones has commenced at Umunneochi Nsulu. The Poultry Pens of 2000 birds each will be given to desiring Youths on completion with starter packs of Day Old Chicks, Feed, Medications and veterinary services, Electricity and water. The Poultry processing plant is already completed at the location.

Through his achievements , Dr Azubuike said that the federal government in partnership with the state has established and equipped an ultra-modern processing plant in the state to ensure the full value chain. The commissioner said that the government had articulated the gains in the agriculture sector and has well structured plans, programs and policies and wealth creations for the benefits of all Abians.

They commended the commissioner for making agriculture a top priority in the state.

As part of the efforts of the commissioner to make the State an Agric-base economy embarked on oil palm revolutionary agriculture program to develop two million nursery at Ayaba Umueze in Osisioma Ngwa L. G. A., out of the ten million oil palm the State had planned to plant between now and to the year 2019 . The flag off of the planting of the Tenera species of the two million oil palm nuts by the representative of the governor, the honourable commissioner for Agriculture, Barrister Uzor Azubike was epochal and commendable.

Not withstanding Hon Uzo Azubuike has come to contribute his quota to the reviving of the Agric sector economy in Abia State through planting of the sprouted improved palm nuts.

In an interview with the commissioner for Agriculture, Barrister Uzor Azubike said that the Tenera specie was a crossbreed of the pacifera and dura which is best for both oil production and extraction of the nuts and assured that the palms when planted after 11 months of nursery will start fruiting within a space of 2-3 years if properly managed.

The commissioner also stated that palms will be planted in all the government acquired palm estates in Abia State adding that the new species will be used to replace the old groves in the State.

The Commisioner is targeting seven million five hundred Tenera palm seedlings within the life time of the Okezie administration that made Agriculture one of the 5 development pillars. The Ministry have already done 2million at Ayaba Umueze. The Tenera palm seedlings are sold to Abia state farmers at N250 and others at N350 each. 

The Honorable Minister of Health, all the way from Osun state, has bought and collected 5000 seedlings. 

Aside all those efforts, the Ministry of Agriculture under the leadership of Uzo Azubuike has helped to obtain grants and loans for farmers in the state. While this is not exactly new, under the direct guidance and supervision of Governor Ikpeazu, he has moved to ensure that only genuine farmers receive the facilities. The money is not for political farmers but rather ready farmers with real farms engaged in Agriculture as a profession.

this it the first time since after the Michael Okpara era who developed lots of farm estates in the eastern region this laudable programme would be embarked on by any government in the eastern part of Nigeria. 

 this is the time for Abians to secure their future from imminent famine. 

I really believe that  programme will generate employment for the teeming youths, especially the host communities and maintain that the days of Abia palm is gradually setting in through the efforts of hon Uzo Azibuike 

Under the watch of Honorable Azubuike, farmers are getting fertilizers directly from the ministry in addition to free agric extension services. 

Place hon Uzo in Any Ministry he will do wonders.

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