By Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A
In the course of his statewide consultations and electioneering campaigns before the election, the Imo State governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC stated, restated, assured and reassured that under his watch as governor, he would accord Imo women their due recognition, regard and respect by ensuring that they are carried along in the scheme of things.
On March 11, 2019 he was declared governor-elect of Imo State after the March 9 gubernarotial election. Then on May 29 he was sworn-in and inauguarated as Imo governor.
Between May 29 and June 19, at his precisely three weeks in office, Gov. Ihedioha has offered appointments to not less than 100 Imo women. That is the verifiable truth. Among them are Special Advisers, Special Assistants, Chairpersons of major committees, and members of various committees. Yet, more appointments are lined up for Imo women in the coming days, weeks and months.
Agreed, the over 100 appointments of Imo women may not be precisely 35% of the total appointments so far, but it sure is over 25%. And there are great expectations that at the end of it all, when the appointment window will have been closed for the initial season, the 35% Affirmative Action for women would have been actualized and accomplished.
It is imperative that all the attacks on the governor over the non-inclusion of women in his appointments were misplaced as they were based on ignorance and haste. The attacks are now unnecessary and useless. Gov. Ihedioha loves women and has vowed to carry them along to fulfill his promises to them. Since he said it, he will do it. Imo people know him for his honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability.
Gov. Ihedioha is a man of word. That’s why his admirers, inter alia, severally call him: Ome nke ahuru anya, Mr. Talkdo, Ekwueme, My word is my bond. He is an advocate and apostle of due process and respect for rule of law. Since the law supports it, the governor will ensure that Imo women gets the 35% Affirmative Action as he makes progress with his administration.
I join all Imo women in commending and applauding Gov. Ihedioha on his expression of love for and appreciation of Imo women. Also, in the same vein, I thank the delectable First Lady of Imo State, Dame Ebere Ihedioha, for the governor’s show of love for Imo women.
There’s no gainsaying that Mrs. Ihedioha must have contributed to the governor’s carrying along of Imo women, even in his first three weeks in office. I believe Imo women will confirm their faith and support for the Imo First Lady by appreciating her and intensifying the good work they are known for.
To the women of Imo State, on behalf of the initial beneficiaries of the appointments, I encourage them to remain faithful and supportive of the Ihedioha administration. They should make the best of the opportunity by putting in their best efforts into the RebuildImo Project to ensure its ultimate success.
Imo women must remember that to whom much is given, much is expected. Gov. Ihedioha has begun to give much to Imo women, he certainly must be expecting much from them. To God be the glory forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.