A man with transformational agenda- Hon. Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo TrendyVoice

9 February 2017

A man with transformational agenda- Hon. Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo

THERE are a few members in the National
Assembly who have genuine reasons to be in
the Assemblies to serve their people. They see
politics as a call to national service. One such
public spirited politician is Hon. Ferdinand
Dozie Nwankwo who represents Anaocha,
Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal Constituency in
the House of Representatives.
In the past six years, his name has become a
household name in Anambra State. He has
experienced the various twists and turns in his
political career, winning every election
contested but denied his hard won victory
through machinations and intrigues. It was
same experience in the 2015 General elections
where, though he won convincingly, defeating
his opponents in every polling boot with very
wide margins on votes, but his opponent was
declared winner. It was only through the
instrumentality of Almighty God that the
Elections Petition Tribunal gave him his
deserved victory.
A man with transformational agenda to provide
service to humanity, his quest for
professionalism and specialisation routed him
to many trainings, conferences and exhibitions
round the world which included value world
conferences in Amsterdam, value engineering
exhibition in China, buffaloes fire fighting
equipment exhibition in the USA, oil and gas
exhibition in Germany, chemical spill cleaning
pump exhibition in Sweden, etc.
A giant stride towards excellence has earned
him series of awards including Peace
Ambassador Award from Port Harcourt
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Award of
Excellence from Rotary Club of Port Harcourt,
Igbo Youth Congress Award, etc. At the Iguaro
ceremony in his home town, Enugwu Ukwu,
Anambra State on January 7, 2017, he was
conferred with the chieftaincy title of
Onyendozi (the Reconciliator) of Enugwu Ukwu
na Umunri.
Since his swearing in, he has moved three
motions in the House. The first was a motion
to mandate the House Committee on
Environment and Habitat to liaise with the
Federal Ministry of Environment to include
contracts to control gully erosion in Enuagu,
Uruogbo and Osili Villages in Enugwu Ukwu in
Njikoka LGA, Udu Donka (Agulu Nanka) and
Haba Agulu erosion sites, Adazi Nnukwu gully
erosion site, Enuabo village, Obeledu erosion
site, Dunukofia Nkwelle Umunnachi and Ukpo
erosion sites in the Supplementary Federal
budget for 2016. The motion was unanimously
carried and the House resolved accordingly.
The House further urged the Ecological Fund
Office to take measures aimed at controlling
the menace, urged the National Emergency
Managment Agency (NEMA) to, as a matter of
urgency send relief materials to victims of the
erosion. The House further mandated the
Committee on Environment and Habitat to
urgently visit the affected sites.
He also called the nation’s attention to the fact
that the health centres and facilities in his
constituency have been abandoned and are in
bad infrastructural state. They include
University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
Comprehensive Health Centre, Abagana,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital
Centre for Community and Primary Health Care
Ukpo and the UNIZIK Community Medicine/
Primary Health Care Centre and Diagnostic
Cemtre Neni.
Having moved the motion to this effect, the
House urged the Committee on Health Care
Services to ensure the rehabilitation and
equipping of the medical centres and that the
three Federal Health Centres in the
Constituency are functioning with adequate
staff and personnel.
Free medical consultation
His Dozie Nwankwo Foundation has become
very popular for its far reaching impact on
indigenes and inhabitants of Anambra State
during its medical outreach which is held every
year, the most recent being on December 12,
2016. Free medical consultation and treatment,
ophthalmology examination and treatment
including surgery and provision of medical
glasses and dental treatments/surgeries are
regular features of the outreach.
However, the most enduring impact thus far
was made in his constituency on Saturday 10th
December, 2016 at Obu Umunri Palace, Enugwu
Ukwu. This was his Women and Youths
Empowerment Programme. On that day, Hon.
Nwankwo distributed six salon cars, over 150
tricycles (Keke napep) and hundreds of Sewing
machines, grinding machines, textile fabrics,
hair dryers, motor cycles were distributed
among many indigenes and inhabitants of all
the towns in the three local governments that
constitute his federal constituency. A number
of wheel chairs were also distributed to the
physically challenged.
It was generally confirmed that this very
empowerment programme was the most far
reaching in scope in Anambra State and that
never in the history of the state had such
number of poverty alleviating facilities and
equipments been given to such number of
beneficiaries. The atmosphere was electric, the
ovation was thunderous and the crowd stood in
wonder and bewilderment. There is no doubt
that the Hon. Dozie Nwankwo Empowerment
Programme has put food on the table of
thousands of people, made equal number of
people bread winners in their families, thereby
improving the social status and economy of the
three local government areas in the state in
particular and Anambrarians generally.
Chike Okeke, a political analyst, wrote from
Awka, Anambra State.

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