Humility of the executive Governor of Imo State Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has been widely celebrated outside his personal profile.
It should be noted that the “humble leader” is an age-old concept. Only recently, though, have I noticed how many chief executives and politicians have started boasting about how humble they are.
Hardly a week goes by without some high-profile leader somewhere publicly declaring that they have been “humbled” whereas, the Governor of Imo State is exceptional.
The biography of a good leader is always outstanding: Here is the real Emeka Ihedioha:
Emeka Ihedioha was Born on March 24th 1965, Hon. Ihedioha attended Town School Mbutu, S.D.A Primary School Abule Oja-Yaba Lagos, St Ephraim’s Secondary School Owerrinta and the University of Lagos, where he obtained a BSc degree in Food Technology (1988). In the course of time, Hon. Ihedioha also updated his educational status through Executive and leadership programmes in world acclaimed Ivy League Institutions viz, Stanford University USA, Harvard University USA, Oxford University Business School and London School of Economics, UK, as well as the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Meanwhile, knowledge and experience acquired from these institutions have left a permanent imprint on a man who, today, has been found worthy in character and learning.
At different points, Rt. Hon. Ihedioha has given unflinching demonstrable commitment to nation-building by serving as: Press Officer to Senator Iyorchia Ayu as Senate President -Dec 1992-93; Chief Press Secretary to Deputy Senate President, Sen. Albert Legogie- 1993; Special Assistant to Special Adviser to President Obasanjo on Utilities- 1999; Special Assistant to Senate President Chuba Okadigbo on Media and Publicity-Nov 2000-2001; Special Assistant to Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Political Matters-2001-2002; Honourable Member representing Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala, Federal House of Representatives- 2003-2015; Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport- 2003-2007; Chairman, House Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa- 2007; Chief Whip, House of Representatives- 2007-2011;
He was also Chairman, House Sub-Committee on the Review of Police Act; Chairman, Ad-hoc Committees on Constituency Projects -2008-2009, Celebration of Ten Years of Unhindered Legislative Practice- 2010, Process and Procedure to obtain Local and Foreign Loans -2010; House Legislative Agenda- 2011 and Constitution Amendment -2011-2015;
He was elected Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives- 2011-2015 unopposed; Alternate Chairman, Governing Council of National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS) 2011-2015; Speaker, 27th May-5th June, 2015 following the withdrawal of Speaker Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal to assume duty as Governor of Sokoto State and Imo State Gubernatorial Flag Bearer of Peoples’ Democratic Party in 2015 elections.
As Chairman, House Adhoc Committee on Constitution Amendment, it is worthy of note that through his leadership and inspiration, the House of Representatives initiated and organized the highly acclaimed and successful peoples’ public sections, which involved taking the constitutional review proposals to the 360 Federal Constituencies in Nigeria for voting by the people. This is perhaps the closest to a referendum in the process to the making of a truly peoples’ constitution.
Aside from the high-profile positions he has held over the years in the service of the Nation, Rt. Hon. Ihedioha has offered himself as a veritable resource person to the PDP since inception in 1998. These include; Member, PDP National Publicity Committee 1999; Deputy Director, Obasanjo Campaign Organization 1998; Member, PDP National Convention Committee and Chairman Screening Sub-Committee 2012; Member, PDP National Convention Committee and Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee 2013; Member, PDP National Committee on the Review of 2015 election and Chairman, South West and North Central Visitation Team, 2015; Member, National Convention Committee and Chairman Constitution Review Committee 2016 and Member, PDP National Strategy and Inter-Party Affairs Committee Nov. 2016.
It is instructive that in the course of his legislative sojourn, Hon. Ihedioha distinguished himself as a consummate lawmaker by sponsoring or facilitating the passage of several critical bills and domestication of defining International conventions that have impacted positively on the maritime sector. Worth mentioning are the following:
· A Bill for an Act to establish a Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria-2005
· Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Act, 2007
· Nigerian Ports Act (Amendment Bill) 2005
· Merchant Shipping Bill
· The Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria Bill 2005
· The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004
· The United Nations Convention on Carriage of Goods by Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill 2005
· The International Convention on the Civil Liabilities for Oil Pollution Damage (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill 2004
· Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund CUFF 2007 (Guidelines made in pursuance of the Act)
As a Community Developer, Hon. Ihedioha has positively affected the physical and social landscape of not only his native Mbaise community and his constituency Ngor Okpala, but has also impacted positively on infrastructural development of his home Imo State and Nigeria by using the privilege of his political positioning to ensure that social infrastructure and human capacity are evenly distributed.
In the area of human capacity building, Hon. Ihedioha stands tall as he believes in equipping the leaders of tomorrow. In this wise, he facilitated several capacity development programmes for over 2000 women and youths in different endeavours and secured Federal government scholarship for over 20 students. Most beneficiaries of these laudable training programmes are presently economically engaged and contributing their quota to our national development. In addition, he facilitated the employment of over 200 sons and daughters of Imo State in different Federal government ministries, departments and agencies comprising University and Polytechnic graduates and School Certificate holders.
Hon. Ihedioha is widely travelled. He has visited over 40 countries across various continents and also led several Nigerian legislative delegations to the ECOWAS Parliament, the International Parliamentary Union, IPU and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, CPA.
As a devout Christian, Hon. Ihedioha has done enormous work to uplift the Church in his Community, Mbaise; Imo State and the entire country, Nigeria. In the year 2000, he was admitted into the respected Order of the Knights of Saint Christopher (KSC) of the Anglican Communion, while the Church of Nigeria decorated him in 2014 with the Primatial Distinguished Service Merit Award for Excellence in Christian Stewardship.
In recognition of his many successful social development programmes in various communities in Igboland, he has gloriously been conferred with the following chieftaincy titles -Aha Eji Eje Mba of Mbutu; Ezi Enyi of Uvuru; Ezi Enyi of Nguru; Ome Nke Ahuru Anya of Mbaise; Oke Osisi of Umuohiagu; Odozi Obodo of Ngor Okpala; Odiuko Na Mba of Obinugwu, Orlu; Eze Ugo , Nri; Ebube Mba of Ngwa land and Ebube Dike of Agulu.
A holder of the coveted national honour, of Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON, A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators FICMC, A fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Shipping , a Distinguished Patron of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations FCT Chapter and Fellow of National Institute of Legislative Studies. Hon. Ihedioha is above all a caring father of three boys and one girl, and loving husband of Lady Ebere Ihedioha.