Why I stand with Uzodimma
In Nigeria’s governance landscape, few leaders have been as instrumental in driving progress across multiple sectors as Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State. His visionary leadership has brought transformation and positioned Imo as a beacon of development.
He has governed with transparency, integrity and dedication to the progress of Ndi Imo, and to crown it all, his accountability has been second to none.
A visionary leader, who, through dint of hardwork, has proven to have the best interests of Ndi Imo at heart, Uzodimma has created sustainable development for his people, as well as an environment for businesses to thrive.
Good governance will always be a mark of a productive government with policies focused on making social impact. Uzodimma’s style of governance is the highlight of sophisticated people-focused policies emplaced to increase the social welfare of Ndi Imo and build an ecosystem for businesses to thrive.
The policies of Uzodimma’s administration have impacted the everyday lives of Ndi Imo, made Imo a safe and productive space for all sectors.
These policies impacted the transportation sector. He fixed roads such as the Chukwuma Nwaoha Street, which used to cause numerous accidents; the Owerri-Orlu Road, which was bad for pedestrians and motorists; and the Amakohia Road, which seemed unworkable. He has made these routes accessible, motorable and safe for everyone. This is evidenced by the reduced death rate and travel time on these roads. This has also boosted the Imo One-City State Agenda.
His Excellency made provision for a mobile clinic, which has improved the health sector and reduced death rate in the state. This means that he prioritises the health of Ndi Imo. Uzodimma’s policies have impacted Imo youth so significantly that their lips are filled with gratitude for His Excellency’s desire to educate and empower them.
His government pioneered the ‘SkillUpImo’ project, which empowers the youth with digital skills and tools to partake in global opportunities in the digital space. His belief in the future of the youth is attested to by his insistence on skilling them up with the tools to play in the digital space.
He has led the vision of a prosperous Imo anchored on the following three major tripods:
Education: Imo’s investment in education is a strategic move that sets the state apart. Hosting and sponsoring four tertiary institutions are a testament to Governor Uzodimma’s dedication to providing quality education to the Imo youth. This commitment has positioned the state as a hub of academic excellence with the highest literacy rate in Nigeria.
Oil and gas: Uzodimma’s government has demonstrated a commitment to harness the state’s hydrocarbon resources responsibly and sustainably. By collaborating with industry experts and adopting best practices, Imo has the potential to become a significant player in the country’s oil and gas sector. This responsible approach contributes to the state’s economic growth and sets a precedent for environmentally-conscious resource management.
Digitalisation: Imo has embraced the digital age with vigour. The administration’s investment in technology has resulted in the modernisation of government processes, improved service delivery and increased transparency. E-governance initiatives have streamlined processes, making them more efficient and accessible to citizens.
Additionally, the state’s technological advancements have paved the way for the growth of tech startups and innovation hubs, fostering an environment of creativity and digital entrepreneurship among the youth.
In the complex tapestry of Nigeria’s governance, Uzodimma’s name stands out as a catalyst for change, a visionary for progress and a true leader, who has elevated Imo to new heights in the spheres of education, technology and environment.
These are enough to warrant that His Excellency should go for a second term in office. For this reason, I urge the youth to allow progress and relevant change to reign in the state. Let us allow the governor’s vision to drive sustainable change that will deepen good governance in our beloved state.
His Excellency is building roads, bridges, great minds and a new generation of digital youth that will make a global change. This transformative move can be attributed to Uzodimma’s wisdom, diligence, selflessness, team-building skills and tenacity, which he has deployed for the benefit of Ndi Imo. That is why I stand with Hope.
Dr. Amadi is Imo State Commissioner for Digital Economy and E+Government.
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