Extra Ordinary Leader
Just like Martin Luther King Jr. preached the message of peace and change, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha is a unique Nigerian, a great Philanthropist of no equal measure, teacher and educationist, an orator, an apostle of peace, a detribalized Nigerian, selfless and extra ordinary leader, a man whom we believe exemplifies the very epitome of what leadership stands for – service; a vision focus leader, a leader extraordinary, whose selflessness leads many to wonder why such opportunity waited this long to come to the people of Imo State; a politician, great business mogul whose name is synonymous with success, father to thousands of poor Nigerian children, symbol of the New Generation, standard bearer of a new Nigeria, Emperor of the Disabled, an accomplished administrator and presently the Governor of Imo State.
Born on September 22, 1962 in Ogboko, Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State, started his primary education at St. Joseph Primary School, Barkin Ladi, Jos; attended Juladaco Secondary School, Jos, between 1976 to 1987 for his West African School Certificate. He studied at the University of Jos, where he bagged his LL.B and LL.M in Law. This icon could pass as a Northern trained, as he did almost all his schooling in Jos, Plateau State. He is versed in local, national, and international policies and global trends in economic development. He has effectively initiated leadership standards at various forms of public endowment and has assisted government agencies and parastatals in initiating ideas, implementing programs, managing public projects and shaping public policies. He has implanted progressive measures and elevated lives by bringing about strategic changes with proven and visible economic or social enhancements.
Leadership Positions of Owelle Rochas Okorocha
This vision focus leader has held several leadership positions, among which are; President, Nigerian Red Cross Society, President and Founder of many Boards, Pro-Chancellor African Business School, Chairman, Board of Nigeria Air Space Management, a Commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and was a member of the Constitutional Conference. He attempted to be governor in 1999 but lost out; attempted to be President of Nigeria and again lost. All these did not deter the man who had continuously built a reputation for himself, a man who cares for the down trodden in the society. He is a philanthropist extraordinary who has given so much to the poor. A desire to give hope to the poor led him to seek political office again in 2011 governorship election. As a man who believes in his deeds, he ran on the platform of a party that was not in power, believing that his people will vote him. INEC declared him the winner of the April 26, governorship election after a rerun held on May 6, 2011, in four Local Government Areas and one ward. Having been aware that his people elected him governor, he set out to serve his people in a move that shock many. He declared that the money assigned to his office as security votes was too much and should be used to fund free education in the state. This was uncommon of leaders in Africa.
Okorocha’s Achievement in His 100 Days in Office
In his 100 days in office account, he rolled out what he has been able to achieve with his team, Which includes, free and compulsory education in both primary and secondary levels in Imo State, placed order for the procurement of one million school sandals and ordered procurement of 600,000 school bags and desks to boost free education in Imo State. He also ordered the payment of backlog of pension arrears owed for over 12 years by the past administrations, established Imo Pension/Senior Citizens’ Club and donated vehicles to the club, release N450 million bailout fund to missionary schools in Imo State, increase government monthly subvention to Imo State University (IMSU) from N57m to N100m and revived the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), establish General Security Council and Local Government Security Council in the 27 Local Government Areas of the State, reconstruct Commissioners’ Quarters, ALGON and Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers Secretariats, construct 405 rural roads at 15km per L.G.A, introduce Health-at-your-door-steps programme in Imo State, the first of its kind in Africa, upgrade Umuguma General Hospital to a Specialist Hospital, reform the State Civil Service and Local Government System, blockage of revenue leakages, thus, saving billions of naira for capital projects in Imo State, and construct International Conference Centre at Oguta Blue Lake of Treasure.
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This “leadership encyclopedia” proved to many that government can be run as good business; avoiding waste. His account of stewardship was more than inspiring to the younger generation. In a bit to unlock the potentials of the state, he presented a paper, on a new economic theory tagged “ROCHANOMICS”, which he believes will propel the state to greater height. He demonstrates it in words and in practice. The state is far becoming a model to many states of the federation and the world at large. Imo State is a delight,
In Imo State separation of power is very effective and decentralization of governmental power adhered to as the state government gives the local communities levels of autonomy within the affairs of authority. The governor has continuously stated that governance is not a one man affair. Imo State government is embarking on what she calls the rescue mission. He recently celebrated his 50th birthday and 10 years of successful scholarship scheme.
Okorocha As a Philanthropist
As a philanthropist, he is unconditionally committed to alleviating the plight of the less-privileged in the society as a basis for economic emancipation and social justice. His foundation, the Rochas Foundation, provides materials, educational and medical sponsorship for the less privileged. An ardent believer in the ability of man to determine his destiny, Rochas Okorocha believes that with hard work, faith in God, honesty and objective planning, all good things are possible and his life has been a fitting testimony to this belief. As he often says: “I see injustice and I ask, why not justice? I see poverty and I ask, why not affluence? I see the less privileged and I say, why not Rochas Foundation? I see indigent children unable to acquire education and I say, why not Rochas Foundation Colleges?” In pursuit of these visions, he established the Rochas Foundation College system, a FREE comprehensive secondary educational institution that offers free tuition, boarding, feeding, transportation and medical care to over three thousand (3,000) Nigerian children from less-privileged families annually.
Honours and Titles
He is a holder of numerous titles from communities and associations within and outside the country in appreciation of his service to humanity. He was conferred with the traditional titles of “Owelle Ndi Igbo” and “Dan Jekan Sokoto” in a unique and unprecedented ceremony by the body of traditional rulers of the South East and the North, led by the Chairman of the South East Forum of Traditional Rulers, Eze (Dr.) Ezo Ukandu, JP and the Late Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido (CFR). He is also the Omorodun of Yoruba land; the Okala of Ehie; the Talban Gwagwalada and Uban Talakawa. A philanthropist; a successful business mogul, a leader per excellence, a father, a working encyclopedia of modern propounded theories of economies, a role model to the youths and many a- like and a gentleman with a humane heart. Nigeria! Stand up for a true hero of our time – His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, The Executive Governor, Imo State. He is our hero on today’s list of our heroes.
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