Ahead of the November 6, 2021 governorship election, Dr. Obinna Chukwudum Uzoh, flag-bearer of the Social Democratic Party has defined a new vision to transform Anambra State from a human and infrastructure-challenged land of giants to a modern state, Louis Achi writes
Indisputably, Anambra State is a land of icons – powered by faith as well as swashbuckling dreamers in diverse fields of human endeavor. This peculiar defining feature will shape the high-octane battle for the soul of the state in the November 6 gubernatorial election.
Out of the mass of contestants for tenancy rights of Awka Government House, in November 2021, the towering figure of lawyer, astute business mogul, notable politician, renowned philanthropist and chairman of Gocuz Group, Dr. Obinna Chukwudum Uzoh, looms large – with good reason.
No less a child of providence who exercises influence with alluring humility and exemplary focus, Dr. Uzoh has demonstrated with his life’s trajectory that spirituality, business, philanthropy and politics fundamentally address transformation of the human condition for good. To-date, he unabashedly maintains this unique philosophy and footing.
An apostle of “politics without bitterness” and politics of consultation and accommodation, Uzoh’s campaign slogan is: Restoration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Anambra State.
Uzoh who contested for the governorship seat of Anambra State in 2003 has since been actively involved in politics. Today, with his eyes locked on his state’s immediate future, Uzoh proffers an alternative vision of governance on how to transform his home state into a 21st Century development and technological model for both his region and country to clone. His vision not surprisingly derives its depth, energy and blueprint from over three decades of entrepreneurial excellence, political sagacity and impactful interventions in diverse humanitarian theatres.
In his words: “My folks are widely recognized for their industry, courage and resourcefulness. These qualities have enabled us survive as a people in the face of daunting existential challenges. It’s worth recalling that at creation in August 27, 1991, by the General Ibrahim Babangida regime, Ndi-Anambra had over 75 percent literacy level and boasted extra-ordinary human and material resources. These attributes need to be given a new direction, new discipline and new energy. God has given me the vision to do this.”
According to Uzoh, “I have identified 10 key sectors that deserve total focus to transform the state. These include security, infrastructural development which is foundation for transformational industrialisation and will support Nnewi, Onitsha and Awka as critical technology hubs, real agricultural revolution. Deploying a transparent, judicious and efficient management of resources, I will empower our people with skills acquisition, mainstream our judiciary, step-up sports, provide microfinance for SMEs and pursue an integrated development scheme that should fundamentally change the game in Anambra State.”
And more…“I am not contesting the 2021 governorship election in my state lightly. It was a product of deep introspection and wide consultation. I believe that at this moment of our national history and the rapid changes impacting both the continental and international arena, Anambra needs a deep but temperate personality and thinker to guide its journey. Let me share this with you and many may not know this. The fate of Anambra State has fundamental connections with the fate of Ndigbo and Nigeria at large.”
Though a very challenging personal journey, Uzoh adroitly created and nurtured the Gocuz Group of Companies – a very successful conglomerate comprising Gocuz Oil Services, Gocuz Engineering, Gocuz Chambers, Gocuz Construction, Gocuz Finance & Security and Gocuz Farms Limited.
Uzoh is the only Papal Knight (Knight of Saint Gregory the Great) in the governorship race, in a highly religious community. It’s worth noting that the dominant churches in Anambra State are the Catholic and Anglican churches. Significantly, of all the governorship aspirants in the state, he has done notably so well for the Catholics and Anglicans, as well as other religious and non-religious organizations.
A few years ago, he donated a 110-room ultra-modern students’ hostel at the Holy Family Youth Village, Awka to the Catholic Church. This came barely one year after single-handedly building/donating an imposing church complex in Ihiala – the All Saints Parish complex, in Umunnamehi, Ihiala, which was dedicated by the Papal Nuncio in Nigeria.
Because of the high value he places on education, he has awarded scholarships to many students in primary, secondary, colleges of education, polytechnics and universities across the country. He has also awarded special scholarships to indigenes of Anambra