By: Tony Okafor
Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, daughter of a former Vice President, the late Dr Alex Ekwueme, who is contesting for the Anambra State November 6 poll, has said she would behave and act like his father if elected.
She stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital,during an interactive session with the press.
She said having had the privilege to observe and work with his late father as a child and as an adult, she stood the best chance to lead Anambra aright because of her kindred knowledge of politics and governance.
Describing the late Ekwueme as a man of honour,integrity and selflessness Onyemelukwe said ” I don’t have any need to deviate from my father lifestyle as the governor of Anambra State.”
She added, “We had a rich background because of our father’s achievement but we were not wasteful. My father is such a person that if you give him a budget of about N100 as what you would require to go back to school, if you’re lucky, he would approve N50 for you.
“He lived all his life serving humanity. He was so selfless that he hadn’t time for himself. At a stage, when he was vice president it was like we donated him to Nigeria.
“He build a school, the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, and handed it over to government because he knew it would be better managed and more beneficial to the people if government is allowed to managed it.
She said the trouble with modern leaders was that they were self-seeking and not accountable to the people.
She said,”Leadership is about service. I am privileged to have been well travelled. I have been to places where things work and are taken for granted. Even here in Nigeria, in the so-called good old days, potable water was available in most urban areas, the roads were few but well maintained, public properties were well maintained by the Public Works Department .
“If we improve the quality of life, give our people hope and better life, that ought to be sufficient motivation. As the saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected. I want to give back. I want a state that our children are proud to call home. As a child growing up, holidays in the village were always the highlight of my year. These days, the young ones are mostly looking for a way out. A lot has gone wrong. We need to get back on the right track.
“Our approach of doing things differently will be dual-tracked: create opportunities and an enabling environment to make governance seamless and reform and strengthen our public institutions. So we will bring experience to the table, follow due process, and accountability anchored on the fear of God.
“Our governance mantra, ethics and values will be premised on accountability and transparency. We shall offer opportunities for our people to get affordable healthcare, good education, gainful employment and dividends of democracy. We will engage in gender mainstreaming at all levels, bureaucratic and political. Elective and appointive positions will be based on a 60:40 ratio.
“If given the opportunity, my team and I, shall reform and strengthen our governance institutions to serve the public interest and the common cause, guarantee investors’ interest and confidence, restore capital inflow and sustainable development. Our budgetary process shall be transparent and results-based. Our policies will be people-driven. Anambra State will be fiscally secure and solvent under my watch.