Game changer Obinna Uzoh plans a new Anambra
Ahead of the governor election on November 6, 2021, Social Democratic Party flagship Dr Obinna Chukwudum Uzoh set out a new vision to transform Anambra state from a land of human giants and infrastructure in a modern state, Louis Achi writes
Undoubtedly, Anambra State is a land of icons – fueled by faith as well as fanatic dreamers in various fields of human endeavor. This particular defining characteristic will shape the high-octane battle for the soul of the state in the November 6 gubernatorial election.
Among the mass of candidates for the rental rights of Awka Government House, in November 2021, the leading figure of the lawyer, astute business mogul, notable politician, renowned philanthropist and chairman of the Gocuz group, Dr. Obinna Chukwudum Uzoh , occupies an important place – with good reason.
No less a child of providence who exerts an influence with seductive humility and exemplary focus, Dr. Uzoh has demonstrated with his life trajectory that spirituality, business, philanthropy and politics fundamentally address the transformation of the human condition. for real. To this day, he shamelessly maintains this unique philosophy and foundation.
Apostle of the “policy without bitterness” and the policy of consultation and accommodation, Uzoh’s campaign slogan is: Restoration, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Anambra State.
Uzoh, who ran for the seat of governor of Anambra state in 2003, has since been actively involved in politics. Today, with his eyes riveted on the immediate future of his state, Uzoh offers an alternative vision of governance on how to transform his home state into a model of 21st century development and technology to be cloned at a time. for his region and his country. Unsurprisingly, his vision draws its depth, energy and blueprint from more than three decades of entrepreneurial excellence, political sagacity and impactful interventions in various humanitarian theaters.
In his words: “My parents are widely recognized for their industry, their courage and their ingenuity. These qualities have enabled us to survive as a people in the face of daunting existential challenges. Recall that when it was created on August 27, 1991 by the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Ndi-Anambra had a literacy rate of over 75% and had extraordinary human and material resources. These attributes are to be given new direction, new discipline and new energy. God gave me the vision to do this.
According to Uzoh, “I have identified 10 key areas that deserve full attention to transform the state. These include security, infrastructure development which is the foundation of transformational industrialization and will support Nnewi, Onitsha and Awka as critical technology hubs, a true agricultural revolution. By deploying transparent, judicious and efficient management of resources, I will empower our employees to acquire skills, integrate our justice system, intensify sport, provide microfinance to SMEs and pursue a program of integrated development that should fundamentally be a game-changer in Anambra State.
And more… “I do not lightly challenge the 2021 governorate elections in my state. It was the product of deep introspection and broad consultation. I believe that at this time in our national history and the rapid changes affecting both the continental and international arena, Anambra needs a deep but tempered personality and thinker to guide her journey. Let me share this with you and many may not know it. The fate of Anambra State has fundamental links with the fate of Ndigbo and Nigeria in general.
Despite a very difficult personal journey, Uzoh skillfully 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 pontifical knight (Knight of Saint Gregory the Great) in the race for governor, in a highly religious community. It should be noted that the dominant churches in Anambra State are the Catholic and Anglican churches. Significantly, of all the aspirants to the post of governor of the state, he has been particularly successful for Catholics and Anglicans, as well as for other religious and non-religious organizations.
A few years ago, he donated to the Catholic Church a state-of-the-art 110-room student hostel located at the Holy Family Youth Village in Awka. This happened barely a year after the construction / single donation of an imposing church complex in Ihiala – the All Saints parish complex, in Umunnamehi, Ihiala, which was consecrated by the pontifical nuncio. in Nigeria.
Because of the high value it places on education, it has awarded scholarships to many students in elementary, secondary, educational colleges, polytechnics and universities across the country. It has also awarded special scholarships to natives of Anambra State in medicine, law, accountancy and engineering.
He constructed and donated a three-story building for Madonna University Law School in Okija, Anambra State; built, donated and renovated schools across the country, built and equipped several computer and science laboratories in secondary and tertiary institutions in Anambra State and distributed textbooks and teaching materials to schools in Anambra State .
He is also involved in the creation of small businesses for indigenous people in Anambra State and in the construction / rehabilitation of rural roads in the State. It has provided boreholes, rural electrification and donated transformers to towns and villages in Anambra State with financial and moral assistance to non-governmental organizations across the country. He also donated drugs for free medical procedures to St. Charles Borromeo Hospital in Onitsha, Anambra State.
He created a special fund to help pregnant women, widows, people with disabilities and people with heart, kidney, lung, vision and spinal cord problems. He has helped young traders, school leavers and graduates to set up their own businesses with a revolving loan and is involved in the development of sport by sponsoring local football competitions, athletic events.
In this context, it is therefore not surprising that Uzoh has received countless honors from a grateful society and that several respected personalities have testified to these unique interventions. According to the Archbishop of Onitsha, Monsignor (Dr.) Val M. Okeke, “I have followed closely the activities of Dr. Obinna Uzoh towards the less privileged and they are uplifting. He has helped many needy students with scholarships.
“He has built houses for the poor, hostels for students, churches for the faithful of different denominations and he identifies with the poor and the humble. He did not exclude the rich; his friendship crosses the poor and the rich. He identified with governments, states and the federal government. He’s a good man in every sense of the word.
For former Governor of Anambra State and former running mate in the 2019 election, Peter Obi, “Also remarkable is your spirit of philanthropy which has continued to earn you goodwill in the State of Anambra and beyond. You have also excelled in missionary work, contributing in many ways to the development of Christian youth, as you recently demonstrated by constructing and donating a multi-million naira hostel building to the Catholic Archdiocese. by Onitsha at the Holy Family Youth Center, Amansea. This gesture on your part is a challenge to other wealthy citizens of Anambra on how best to give back to society. “
It should be noted that any tale of Uzoh’s life story that excludes his extraordinary philanthropy fundamentally defeats the being and essence of the Ihiala-born big-hearted business mogul – and wait – an unusual philanthropist.
Unsurprisingly, Uzoh’s entrepreneurial shrewdness and his broad humanitarian vision, providing employment opportunities for thousands of Nigerians thanks to the diversity of his business conglomerate and his compelling philanthropic spirit that has had an impact. and raised many lives in his community, state, region and country, attracted countless accolades and awards from a grateful community.
Uzoh, born March 17, 1963, in the family of the late Chief and Chief (Mrs.) Obi Uzoh of Umunnamehi, Ihiala, Anambra State, enjoys education very much. This guided him to acquire academic laurels. He obtained a B.Sc (Business Administration), University of Lagos; M.Sc (Marketing), University of Lagos; LLB, University of Lagos; BL, Nigeria Law School and PhD (Economics) from Lagos State University. He is married to the love of his life, Chief Barr. (Mrs.) Henrietta Obinna Uzoh – a blessed union with seven children.
To accompany him in his quest to rule Anambra State, Uzoh has chosen a scientist as his running mate on the SDP platform. He is a doctor of human medicine and consulting family physician Uzochukwu Obiora Chira. Dr Chira hides a steely and severe inner discipline that has allowed him to access his current post behind an affable and courteous exterior.
Public administrator and development strategist, philanthropist and politician, Dr Chira brings to his political partnership with Uzoh a compelling youthful experience, dynamism and intellectual acumen – qualities certainly necessary for higher political responsibility on the horizon. . He is married with a son.
A personality who has envisioned a new direction for his state, Uzoh’s promising electoral choice as the next governor of Anambra state would indeed tacitly recognize the ability of highly focused individuals to change their society for the better.
Uzoh is the only pontifical knight (Knight of Saint Gregory the Great) in the race for governor, in a highly religious community. It should be noted that the dominant churches in Anambra State are the Catholic and Anglican churches. Significantly, of all the aspirants to the post of governor of the state, he has been particularly successful for Catholics and Anglicans, as well as for other religious and non-religious organizations. A few years ago, he donated to the Catholic Church a state-of-the-art 110-room student hostel located at the Holy Family Youth Village in Awka. This happened barely a year after the construction / single donation of an imposing religious complex in Ihiala – the All Saints Parish Complex, in Umunnamehi, Ihiala, which was consecrated by the Pontifical Nuncio in Nigeria .