Ikpeazu and his phobia for jingles

By Odimegwu Onwumere


The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was invariably telling the world that what would bring honour to his personality and office was service to duty and not media sycophancy, when he made the disclosure in a press briefing made available to the public on June 17, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Godwin Adindu.


Although the relatively fine-looking governor did not mean the print media but jungle producers; he nonetheless did not intimate us in that report what price would be meted out to any offender among politicians and businessmen who would take praise-singing of the governor in jingles as a form of attracting attention.


The expression by Ikpeazu that jingles irritate him could be the same as the expression of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India as noted by New Delhi TV (NDTV), when the Prime Minister said that a perfectly healthy man can contract a lot of ailments if he starts suffering from diabetes; bad governance is worse than diabetes.


NDTV quoted Modi to have said this in his first reply to the motion of thanks on the Presidential address, where he outlined his government’s priorities. Ikpeazu may learn that what formed Modi’s thrust of speeches in the two Houses of Parliament were cooperative federalism, development and good governance; not the other way round.


Like Modi would say in that speech of the Indian government, it is expected of Ikpeazu to understand and tell those he is governing with that, “Good Governance cannot remain merely a philosophy. Concrete steps have to be taken for realizing its goals. Individual efforts can bring excellence but only collective efforts can deliver effectively. It is our collective responsibility to ensure nobody sleeps hungry. Let’s change the image of our country from ‘Scam India’ to ‘Skilled India.’”


Notwithstanding, we know that the governor was in a bid to be civil by his body language and not to be severe to the people that voted for him to be governor. The ban on jingles that would be meant to promote the good works of the governor when delivered was however dicey: The government was yet to inform the world if it would be making jingles that would reflect and amplify the works of the governor, either.


By the way! The message of the governor was understandable; hence the governor was supposedly telling us that he would attract notice of Abia people and the world through his ability to duty. It’s palpable that he was telling Abia people that he was fit for the system and the task before him.


Ikpeazu conversely wanted the people to look at him and see him as what a governor should be like and not like a gubernatorial candidate on an electioneering campaign where jingles and music are used as weapons that send message of the candidate across, while at the same time, deafening the eardrums of the people.


Ikpeazu has no excuse not to make Abia better. We want people from across the world to say that Abia State has left Nigeria behind. That would bring competitions among states in Nigeria. We cannot suffix to say that Ikpeazu would be One Hundred percent upright in governance but the more he realises the reference made by one Nwaocha Ogechukwu thus he might be a better governor.


Hear the Ogechukwu: “No matter how an individual views Satan, whether they believe that he is a real character or that he is just the product of literary scholars and imaginations, no one can deny that each one of us has an aspect of the devil within us. By studying the character and nature of Satan, we learn about ourselves; and the more we know about ourselves, the better we can fight our own personal demons—metaphorical or otherwise—in order to create a better tomorrow.”


Ikpeazu should know that in every government there has to be something that will be peculiar to it. He should not see governance as the classroom that breeds scholars. He should see it from the matrix by Aristotle, suggesting inter alia that, “The character of democracy creates democracy, and the character of oligarchy creates oligarchy.”



Some people may say, but the governor has not said, that the Abia State economy is comatose. But no matter what the situation, sanguinity is not in lack to rejuvenate the state where necessary. It is in the court of Ikpeazu to generate hope anywhere people might think there was no hope and turnaround the economy of the state, then jingles of his works could be heard across the world when he was no more on seat.


Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State. (apoet_25@yahoo.com). Tel: +2348057778358.


Ikpeazu and the seven roads in Aba

By Odimegwu Onwumere


It appears that the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has started governing with the principle that the meaning of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. It was a joyous thing to hear on radio and read in the newspapers that he has awarded seven roads to contractors for reconstruction and construction in Aba.


It is a good vivacity because Aba has been many times talked about, abused and appraised in assorted places for its unkempt look. The roads that were awarded were given to include the Umuocham Road (1.7km) awarded to Ferotex Construction Company Limited, Old Express Road (6km) awarded to Irishgreen Global Concepts, Ukaegbu (1.4km), Umuola (1.4km) and Ehere (700 metres) roads awarded to Macol Construction Company Limited.


Others were Kamalu Road (1.5km) awarded to Raycon and Faulks Road by Ariara (5.5km) awarded to Bills Limited Civil Engineering. That gives the impression that love is the foundation of this government. It also appears that Ikpeazu has come to tell the people that they should not be afraid of their government for democracy and equity to be fad. With this step, the governor could perhaps be predicting future happiness for Abia State and its people.


Ikpeazu conceivably wants the people to see him as a governor whom his work will speak for without them knowing that he exists. No one is sure if he wants to be like Benjamin Disraeli who in one of his philosophies, said, “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” If Ikpeazu could define reality and make it his first responsibility and understood that a leader is a servant, then he would lead well.


He possibly understood that this is the time to grow others having made a success in growing himself overtime. It may be palpable that this governor has come to further the protection of the people. The political-philosophy in banking on roads in Aba is a sign of a government that is showing it is big to give the people majority of what they want and not taking enough from them. Then-again, now that the government wants to portray the semblance of sheep, wolves should not crop-up among the contractors.


With the step, tempo and acceleration of the governor, it means that Abia State will be enjoying a greater facelift if the gingering is maintained. Although many successive governments in the state have done their best to rebuild Aba, but Ikpeazu could outrun them if he does not take any decision in developing Aba for granted. What this means is that, he should not absorb unnecessary excuses from contractors when they fail to deliver on their works.


A government such as Ikpeazu’s should never allow politics to deduce its scope-of-government. It should remember that it is on a Nigerian watch list. If Ikpeazu wants to work for 34hrs in 24hrs, then the contractors should work for 44hrs out of 24hrs. In every government people would always remember the bad side of it, hence Ikpeazu has to be brilliant, apply change mechanisms to attain popularity.


It’s obvious that the governor has not limited work of roads in Aba to the seven awarded roads; he has made a solemn promise that his government will never fail in rebuilding Aba. Again, the people were happy when he reviewed in an examination that he was not only committed to Aba, but to Ndi Abia from all walks of life that could be trailed from Arochukwu to Umunneochi, to Ukwa, to Ikwuano and others. We are looking up to him as he has made a promise that he will treat every person that is from Abia, also doing business in Abia, equally and fairly.


Ikpeazu looks-as-if to have grown overtime and learning continually the art of being a good leader with dictates to Warren Bennis’s belief, saying that the most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. His promise to develop Aba to drive Abia economy speaks a lot. The confidence that has been expressed by the people in Ikpeazu is for him to defend the middle class of which he has historically positioned his government towards not wrecking that confidence.


While Ikpeazu has said that he is to serve the Abia citizenry and to catalyse infrastructure development, catalyse unity in all sphere of human development – politically, economically and socially – and also to catalyse unity among Ndigbo and the South East, wherever they may belong, and also support the overall development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with Abia making a strong statement as an economic hub in the days ahead, it is expected of Abia people to support him with constructive criticisms where necessary and eschew destructive criticisms where they are unnecessary, so that the government will achieve much in Aba as it has vowed to and beyond.


Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State. (apoet_25@yahoo.com). Tel: +2348057778358.

Science Of Fertility Reduces The Fear Of Menopause In Women

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/writer, in this piece, surmises that the development of the science of fertility has downplayed the anxieties associated with the difficulty in achieving pregnancy.

It was scientifically proven that marrying women who were above 30 presents difficulties in conception due to infertility, hence most Nigerian men preferred younger women to avert infertility menace.

The fear was that fertility would begin to decline in women when they attain 35. There were a lot of cultural challenges about infertility and many myths were associated with infertility. The Chief Medical Director, Maitama Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Francis Alu who is also, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, confirmed this during one of his public presentations in June 28 2011.

He surmised that age affects women in conceiving. He was of the view that there were 25 percent chances in young people achieving pregnancy and 15 percent of women of the age of 40 and less than 5 percent thereafter.

But today, there is a demystification of infertility issue with many fertility clinics put in place. Also, fertility technologies have advanced the chance of women getting pregnant even when menopause sets.

Affiliations by local medical experts with their international counterparts are giving Nigerian women the opportunity to subscribe to In-vitro fertilization, commonly called IVF: A new technology that is dousing the heightened rate of infertility.

Such technology as the Clearblue Fertility Monitor has also proven that a woman of any age can get pregnant. What this technology does is to maximize a woman’s chance for conception. Acupuncture, nutrition and even hypnotherapy have been shown by science that they are complementary therapies that can help boost fertility.

Connoisseurs however expressed that there are other technologies that can allow women to freeze their eggs at a young age and later, these eggs will be released at advanced age for fertility to take place. A school of thought said that women who are starting their career while building their homes or are diagnosed with intractable diseases but want to preserve their future fertility are wont to these devices.
IVF picture

(IVF Procedure)
In-vitro fertilization

Dr. Onome Dibosa, the quality manager of the Bridge Clinic at Oduduwa Way, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, said in an interview on April 1, 2012, that with IVF, even menopausal women can have children.

The medical doctor expressed that in today’s marriage, there is no time one will say is a “hopeless situation”. She declared that, that was the reason IVF was invented. She believed that IVF creates opportunity for couples who think that their condition is hopeless.

“IVF has broken the boundary in fertility and with infertility treatment; every couple stands a chance of having children. With IVF, chances of young couples having children can be as high as 80 per cent; and for older women in their menopausal ages, the pregnancy chances are much lower but they can still have children. The rate of success has actually increased over the years, especially among women who are 30 and above,” Dr. Dibosa said.

How IVF works

IVF is not cheap. But a statement by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos State, stated that in its facilities, patients are sure of quality health care delivery. There are two main IVF procedures (egg retrieval and embryo transfer). They are mainly for outpatient procedures, which do not require staying in the hospital, in most casesDr. Dibosa whispered that an older person gets pregnant if she requires the help and donation of eggs from a younger person, with the treatment for IVF differing from a month to six months. The medical specialist opined that this depends on the protocol that the patient has been placed under.

“After ovarian stimulation, multiple eggs are removed from the mother. The eggs are fertilised in the laboratory using the father’s sperm in a technique called in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). As the eggs are fertilised through mitosis, the separated eggs (embryos) develop by sex,” Mary Ekah, a reporter at ThisDay newspapers, stated in 2012.

Prior to fertilisation with IVF, the fertilised eggs can be genetically biopsied with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to increase fertilisation success.

The Managing Director of the assisted reproduction and fertility centre at Hope Valley International Clinic Limited, a male and female fertility centre in Lekki, Lagos State, Dr. Michael Ogunkoya, said in the interview, “Statistically, most of the IVF babies tend to be males, in fact, to a ratio of about 8 to 2. We cannot tell what precisely is responsible for this. In our practice, we sort of noticed that and it is same thing in other parts of the world. So there must be a factor within the concept of assisted production, which imposes this but like I said, we are yet to find out the science behind it.

It is anticipated that during the process of IVF, experts in-general will transfer about three embryos back to the woman’s womb after IVF procedure. “Although these days, especially abroad, the tendency is to transfer two and in some cases one and the idea is that most European communities would rather not have multiple pregnancies and deliveries because of their social preferences,” said Ogunkoya.

Gender selection

It was noted by Dr. Ogunkoya that the first and the oldest type of gender selection is the sperm separation method, which has been used since the 1970s.

But there was an account that at Hope Valley International Clinic Limited, a male and female fertility centre in Lekki, Lagos State, a woman can determine the gender she wants to conceive through sex selection technology, otherwise called “Gender selection”.

Dispelled myths surrounding IVF Children

Investigation revealed that since the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, in a London Hospital in 1978, over five million babies have been born, via IVF, in the world and, an approximation of 2000 babies have been through the same procedure in Nigeria.

While in the so-called civilized world people do not give a hoot on how a child is born, as far as the child is safe, Professor Oladapo Ashiru who’s the Chief Medical Director, Medical ART Centre, Lagos State, said: “there is still some resistance to people sharing their own personal stories after a successful IVF treatment in Nigeria.”

Knowing that there are a lot of myths that surround IVF technology and IVF babies, Professor Ashiru said that such children are normal babies, who even grow up to beat their mates in being bright and intelligent.

In the professor’s account, of these women, one delivered a singleton, six, twins, three, triplets, one, quadruplets, and two, quintuplets. And many women have on-going singleton pregnancies, on-going twin pregnancies, on-going triplet pregnancy and on-going quadruplet pregnancies across the country.

Published at >>> http://dailyindependentnig.com/2015/06/science-fertility-reduces-fear-menopause-women/

Bats in my compound and my pastor friend

By Odimegwu Onwumere

The noise in the ceiling was much. The very first day and the second day, it started by 2.00am and ended by 4.30am.

It was as if there were wars in the compound. I hardly fear. If not, I would have suspected some witches activities.

When I finally noticed that bats have entered the virgin ceiling, I was flummoxed. I went to the net to search for natural remedies to repel bats.
I was not convinced with the information I found. I started telling people of my situation and, solution was yet to come till I met a pastor-friend.

The first thing he said on hearing that was, “Devil you are a liar.” I did not say anything. He later told me that bats have some spiritual connotations.

I did not say anything. “I have to go conduct deliverance in your compound,” he advised. I did not say anything, but later went to see my mum who just returned from my village to Port Harcourt after the funeral of my immeasurable dad.

She was delectable when she saw me. I acquainted her with my ordeal. She ran in and brought a ‘confor’-like object she said that she had bought from a road-side rat poison trader and, asked me to throw it inside the ceiling.

I did and that settled the wars in my ceiling. Today, I can sleep and read at will.

But I’m still thinking what could have become of my house if I had a belief in the gibberish of my pastor-friend.

Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Writer, Rivers State. Tel: +2348057778358.

Ikpeazu and ‘His Excellency’ challenge

By Odimegwu Onwumere


It was barely a week on the saddle as Governor of Abia State that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu formally directed all Nigerians and foreigners through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Godwin Adindu on June 5, saying that the designations, His Excellency and Executive Governor, be plunged into a ditch in all official and informal communiqué with him.


His preferred appellation is to be addressed simple as Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State. His hypothetical taste for decency was furthered in the press briefing detailing that all contractors, political groups, individuals and party loyalists should not put his photograph on billboards, posters and signage, but to only use the pictures of ongoing projects in their billboards and posters.


The governor’s interventional quest for decency may be a step in the right direction, because Nigerians have held onto many titles bequeathed to them as a result of colonisation for decades. And it is the aplomb time to eschew most of the bigoted titles, just as Ikpeazu has done. It is for the betterment of Abia State and beyond. It may bring about the much needed humility and decorum across the country.


(Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State)

What Ikpeazu’s decision has clandestinely amplified is that the mission of a public office holder should not be to amass titles to himself, but to provide mouthwatering leadership in government that will abet innovations which are critical to overcome chief challenges.


While Ikpeazu might not be the only public office holder with that philosophy of dropping ‘His Excellency’ title, his philosophy portrays and heightens his scholarly practices part of which is to create research and better insights in order to connect with those he is leading for the divulgence of quality leadership.


It is supposed that with the step seen of Ikpeazu, he might be brooding future leaders whom posterity would handover the qualitative tools and techniques to work and govern. Without crumbling on words, it sounds like Ikpeazu started building the government he is superintending today yesterday. He might have a sound mind in knowing that what is key to Abia State and its people as we speak is good governance and not, the legion of titles that one lines his headship’s linen with.


However, the challenge of furthering a cause is always different from sustenance. Like the governor had always told Abia people during and after his electioneering campaign, he has to uphold his philosophy in line with development and sustenance which are paramount in the state.


His government has to touch lives. No matter who may be speaking against Ikpeazu, we need to respect the decision of the electoral umpire which declared him winner of the just concluded governorship election in state till there may be need to prove him otherwise, hence he is Governor of Abia State.


As a man who got his PhD through a graduate school (not a honoris causa awardee) via dint of hard work, that should always ring a bell in his sub-consciousness, because he is expected to be civil in all his dealings. Notwithstanding, he has to be reminded that integrity is not acquired by what one is called, but by upholding one’s word, which is the highest of bonds.


Victorious federal agencies across the world are established on a workplace culture that is laid with a growing admiration for advancement in attaining a goal that centres on mission of commitment to distinction. Let Ikpeazu shut up his critics by taking on road development and maintenance across the state, while not shying away from establishing positive, supportive results-oriented programme in the state.


We are looking up to seeing a great Abia State that will advance in technology, workforce demographics and perfecting theories of its management in all areas of endeavour. It is expected of Ikpeazu, even though that he is just starting, to change and form a formidable landscape in which agencies and parastatals in the state will operate.


Like every other organisation that knows that it faces a critical challenge in today’s world, Abia State under Ikpeazu has to enhance the building and management of its workforce to enable the government move with the speed of change that is expected of it. There are people that the most, could be gotten out of but have no body to connect them; he should look for them, while at the same time, recruiting known top talents.


As a man who has once said that nobody will enforce dictatorial tendencies on him to act above the dictates of governor’s seat, the time of politicking in electioneering campaigns is over; it is time for good governance in Abia State, massaging minds with those that matter around the world, world-class management experts and leading thinkers, to attain an improved Abia State that will challenge the next governments.


Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State. (apoet_25@yahoo.com). Tel: +2348057778358.