From the day of Senator (Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa’s entry into partisan politics beginning from the grassroots, he has been an astute, indefatigable and dynamic politician, a hero and role model whose illustrious and many sided career evoked great commendations.
In politics, he sees his major opponent’s tactics as “amateurish”. In medicine, he exhibits professionalism and excellence. Generally, he proves himself to be a master of words and wisdom.
No doubt, vigilance, painstaking, experience, honesty, alertness, incorruptibility, among others areDr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa’s watch words and guiding star. All these, without mincing words earned him recognition.
It is crystal clear that his transformation agenda will be necessitated by the need to correct the flaws in the state’s drive for development where there is absence of long term perspective, and lack of continuity, consistency, and commitment (3cs) to agreed policies.
Applying the 5Ws and the H of news element which was popularized by Rudyard Kipling (1865 1936) a Nobel prize winner in literature in 1907 and well known British novelist and poet, that is, who, where, what, when, why and how, one can boldly and proudly say from his previous appointments held that the respected administrator, medical doctor and currently a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) is highly focused and intelligent. He performed his duties with utmost diligence, transparency, and accountability. Arthur believes in the statement of the 33rd American President, (1945 53) Democrat, Harry S. Truman, “Do your duty and history will do your justice”.
From records available, Senator (Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, an administrator par excellence, a politician of high repute is too clean to lie; too principled to compromise unnecessarily; too intelligent to be manipulated; too proud to fail as a determined person; too certain not to bow to pressures; too sure of his goal in any assignment; too excellent as a local, national and international schemer.
His credentials and achievements in the various fields he has ventured were as profound as they were intimidating. He is a master of language. He has no respect and regard for sloppy assignment and has a pathological hatred for creeping colloquialism in any job.
Arthur’s prolific interventions and interjections constitute a body of discourses which can be used as a reference material in Delta State and Nigeria in general. He is a very resourceful and illustrious icon in the field of politics. The Senator is a quintessential professional politician, dignified and gracious, a quiet hero, man of many parts and dynamism. He has declared to improve on his governance as the incoming Chief Executive of Delta State to ensure greater transparency, probity, and accountability at all levels. In other words, prosperity for all Deltans.
Senator (Dr.) Artrhur Ifeanyi Okowa is a man of genius that should be admired, he is not a man of power that should be feared, but finally he is a man of character that should be trusted.
Senator (Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa was born on the 8th of July 1959 at OwaAlero in the present Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his early education at the Iroro Primary School, Owa Alero and later attended the popular and well known Edo College, Benin City between 1970 and 1976. He made the second best result in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examination in the then Bendel State in 1976.
Based on his interest in higher education, he proceeded to the University of Ibadan to study medicine and surgery and graduated in 1981 with MBBS, BS at the record age of 22. Upon his completion of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1982, he worked briefly with the defunct Bendel State Hospital Management Board (SHMB) as a medical doctor before he went into private practice.
Certainly, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is a favourite and house hold name among many Deltans. He enjoys the support of Izu Anioma, the Umbrella body of all Anioma Cultural organizations, among other cultural groups.
Currently, he is the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial Zone and there is no doubt that the fortunes of the Anioma people will definitely change for the better now that they have a man who truly believes in serving his people with diligence and the creed of his political philosophy.
It is abundantly clear that as soon as he assumes duty as the Executive Governor of Delta State, he will continue to focus his attention on the Delta State economy. He shall take several measures to address structural weakness which stand between Deltans and economic growth as well as prosperity for all Deltans. Ifeanyi also believes in the words of Thomas Jefferson 3rd American President (1801 1809) Democratic Republican “The core of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government”. The Senator believes in the words of Martin Luther King Jnr. “Constructive, non violent tension is good for growth”.
Ifeanyi has the commitment and drive. One thing he is known for is uncontrollable passion for excellence where ever he is. We all know that he will never relent or do otherwise as the next Executive Governor of Delta State. Again, he believes in the words of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd American President (1801 1809) “I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have”. Back home, the Senator believes excellently well in the statement of the first Nigerian media mogul, orator and founding father of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), first and only ceremonial president Nigeria has ever got, that is, The Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, popularly known as the Zik of Africa when he said and I quote “ whatever you are, aspire to be the best. If you choose to be the grass, try to be the best grass by the valley bed. In whatever profession you find yourself, create an impact recognizable by the society you belong”.
From all the above therefore, it becomes obvious that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd American president (1933 45), Democrat, an Orator and Philosopher of great acclaim, had the likes of Senator (Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa when he wrote, “ The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have little”. Holding tenaciously to this external verity, Dr. Okowa believes that a leader should be a public servant, who strives relentlessly to put smiles on the faces of his followers without placing undue emphasis on their social status or dashing the hopes of the poor masses.
Charles IkedikwaSoeze, fhnr, fcida, fcai, fswca, cpae, ghnr, emba, son, chnr, ksq is a mass communication scholar from first degree to doctoral level, retired Assistant Director (Administration) / Head, Academic and Physical Planning (A&PP) of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State. He is also a public affairs analyst and commentator on local, national and international issues.(08036724193) firstname.lastname@example.org