The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, has been described as an International figure, a trailblazer, a radical revolutionist, an asset to Nigeria and an example for others in leadership positions at all levels to emulate.
A grassroots non-governmental organisation (NGO), the David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA), stated this while reacting to a Newark city award to Governor Umahi of Ebonyi State on 3rd August, 2017.
DUNAETA in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Monday stated that recent award from Hon. Ras Baraka the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, United States of America (USA) on Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has once again put Ebonyi State in the International limelight positively.
With his emergence as this year’s winner of the coveted Zik’s Prize for Leadership as a leading light in the politics of Nigeria and his declaration as the wisest Governor in Nigeria by the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the recent award by the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, USA now places Governor Umahi now as an International figure and proud of the entire Ebonyi State.
Lady Monica Eze who also doubles as the Technical Adviser (TA) on Media to Gov. Umahi further stated that, “I am so elated, proud and excited that I am an Ada Ebonyi as the tenure of my uncle, boss and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi has brought light and international limelight to the entire Ebonyi State as a Nigerian born legal practitioner, Dr Jude Obasi Nkama from Ebonyi State, made history on January 6th, 2017 as he became the first African to be appointed as a judge in the 349 year history of the Newark city and State of New Jersey, USA. Dr. Jude Obasi Nkama, a former Governorship aspirant at the 2011 governorship election in Ebonyi State got his license to practice law in the city of Newark in 2002.
The DUNAETA Boss commended Hon. Ras Baraka, Mayor of the City of Newark for his recognition of two great sons (Gov Umahi and Dr Nkama) of Ebonyi State and two other Nigerians, Hon. Ugochukwu Nwaokoro whom he appointed as the Deputy Mayor of the city and Evans Anyanwu, Esq. as Chief Prosecutor of the city Newark and assured him that DUNAETA will reciprocate this kind gesture and magnanimity by conferring on him a special award before the end of the year.
According to the statement signed by the DUNAETA Founder and President, Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze, “the recent award has proven that Umahi’s feats in Ebonyi State was not a fluke but a true testimony of a man on a divine mission and in recognition of hard work and expertise which the Ebonyi State Governor has impacted on governance in the State therefore he eminently deserves this award or any other award considering his unprecedented feats within two years in office as the Governor of Ebonyi State, which has given hope, not only to the South Easterners but to the entire Nigerians that leadership that can take her out of her present wood and predicament is still possible.”
DUNAETA described Governor Umahi, who doubles as the Chairman of South East Governors Forum, as “an asset to our generation,” adding that “the Newark award awarded to him is well deserved in view of his massive investments in security, welfare, infrastructure, agriculture, health and education in Ebonyi State.
“Gov Umahi’s style of leadership is truly unique and has the imprint of wisdom all over it. At a time when many other states are finding it difficult to pay workers’ salaries or meet other basic needs as a result of the economic recession in the country, the Umahi Administration, despite Ebonyi’s modest resources, embarks on numerous road projects, flyovers, roundabouts, street lights and hospitals, while also executing a revolution in agriculture, as well as the educational and health sectors.
“This is in addition to regular payment of civil servants, who also get paid a 13th month by the State Government. Therefore, every award on this new revelation and face of our democracy is an award well placed DUNAETA said in the statement signed by the President and Founder, Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze.
DUNAETA wonders what any reasonable Ebonyian will be thinking that will becloud his/her mind from being proud of his state of origin and his governor when the Mayor of Newark New Jersey USA can be proud of our Governor.
We are glad and happy for this honour and wish the Governor more of such awards and plead with the Ebonyians to ensure the re-election of Gov. Umahi come 2019 to enable this divine visitation on our dear State not to cease.