Now That Chidoka is Minister By Chinaka Ukaegbu
It is always a matter of hot debate in most socio-political cycles that nations do get the kind of leader(s) most suited for them at any point in their history.
Granted that to be the case, then Buhari was the best to happen to Nigeria in 1983? That Babangida was the best to happen to us during his time.
Did i hear somebody said Abacha was also the best to happen to us during his time? As if to drive home the point ,people wept at the death of this dark -goggled General.
In Nigeria, things have happened that simply staggers the imagination and yet we moved on,because that’s the best that can happen in the now? In todays Nigeria, so many things that are not good is happening; things like Boko Haram, Cattle Rusttling, Ethnic unrest etc.
However, president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan seems to put the above postulation to shame. Nigeria, may not be what we want it to be ,but truth be told,it is not we use to know. In today’s Nigeria,there is more freedom of speech, more freedom of association, more development in our road infrastructure and a whole lot of social goods in our kitty courtesy of the incumbent leadership at the federal level.The President’s body language seems to suggest that with collective effort, Nigeria will be a brighter star in the firmament of nations sooner rather than later.
This presidential body movement and language was aptly demonstrated recently by his appointment of Osita Chidoka and Abubakar Suleiman as Ministers of Federal Repuplic of Nigeria. While Osita Chidoka was assigned to the Aviation ministry, Abubakar Suleiman was given the ministry of National Economic planning and Deputy C hairman of National Planning Commission.Two Round pegs in two round holes. The president has once more demonstrated his ability to utmostly utilise his cognitive abilities and transcendental thoughts on matters of state.
Osita Chidoka (Ike Obosi) , whose achivements at the commanding height of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) surpassed the expectations of his admirers and mystified his critics. He seems to be one with a trusted and workable answer to the ‘Nigerian Question’. Little wonder He literarily turn the Commission into an enviable hub of government bussiness. Atimes I wonder if it is the furor generated by his appointment at that time that activated the achivement instinct in him. Chidoka has been a man whose eyes is on the prize not the price. Right from his days as a ministerial aide through to his tour of duty as the chief in Federal Road Safty Commission, he has been a ‘man on the mark’.
His personality, the grace and gravitas that pertains to him is a seductive source of inspiration to many young people.
I remember Chidoka during his days as a practising member of the Abuja Literary Society (ALS), a literary organisation floated to compensate for the dearth of literary activities in the town of Abuja. Literary stars gather for an evening of poems, songs, critiquing etc. People like Ken Ike Okere, Victor Anuliefor, Ferdinand Agu, and a host of bards gather Friday evenings for a ‘communion with the saints’.
Nobody will argue with confidence that Osita Chidoka did not bring far –reaching reform to the road safety commission in Nigeria. He partnered with other west Africa Road Safety Commission in an intimate intercourse of ideas and initiatives with visible results. He brought some digital inovations, so that the commission can be at par with a World where every thing seems to change on a per minute basis due to the hypertech era we are in. Highly cerebral, he infuse deep sense of logic and sublimity to all his undergoings, is it not Osita Chidoka that once argued that one of the barriers to our National Development is ‘distorted incentives’. A closer look will tell you that he can not be truer than the truth here.
In an other vein, perhaps inspired by the wave of Boko Haram and the atrocious tale they leave behind, Chidoka argued that ‘maintaining an efficient and effective biometric Data is one of the best tools for fighting crime and criminality’. Quintesential Chidoka you may quirk.
On several occassions, Chidoka has traced the link between good Road safety management and National security.
His achivements at the Road safety commission are simply commendable. But now, he is a Minister. A higher post, so lets leave behind his achievements in the road safety commission. More is needed- more strenght, more agility ,more grace, and considering the state of our nation, more ‘everything good’is needed for him to treble his achievements in the Aviation sector.
Is it not said in Igboland that ‘Anu gba Ajo oso, Agba ya ajo egbe’. Loosely translated- ‘if a game engages in a deft survival move, the hunter will engage in a more deft move to outwit it’.
That is to say, with higher post, comes higher responsibility. We are watching keenly to see Osita Chidoka revolutionise the Aviation sector.His predecessor really gave that sector a face lift. But her supersonic achivements were marred by a careless move tthat was amplified beyond the ordinary.
So Chidoka should watch his back, so that he will not step on the sinking sand that swallowed his predecessor.
Nigeria is a land swimming in the abundance of human and natural resources. One of those human resources is Osita Chidoka. The president in a hot pursuit of Nation building and development, have ‘harvested’ Mr. Chidoka.
That is a giant stride in the right direction. There are a lot of ‘ Chidokas’ in this country. The president should fish them out and harvest them in order to bring in the much needed ‘fresh air’ to the people.
Now that Chidoka is a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,may He not lost steam in this ‘walk to freedom’ in the Aviation Sector.
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