The founder and Publisher Arise Afrika Magazine with Face of Arise Africa Team were at the Office of Chief of Staff, Imo State Government today to pay tribute to one of our hero, statesman, grand commander of youths empowerment Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
The team were well received by SA to COS on Political Affairs Hon Ken Ejiogu, Mrs Vivian Onwuka PRO and Anokwute Uzoma
It can be recalled that at the end of the online voting last year for Most Distinguished Personality of the year Award, the youth friendly COS Ugwumba Uche Nwosu emerged the winner after four months online voting. The organizers were at the office of COS, IMSG to present the plaque to the man they described as the "Grand Commander of youth empowerment".
The Director of Arise Afrika , Mr Ikechukwu Anyanwu, said after the glamourous event put together in partnership with Imo State Bloggers Association, Frontline Express Newspaper, Sommies and Gcfn Consult the idea was to use the Arise Afrika magazine to celebrate Africa, Events and Excellence.
We want more people to start appreciating the beauty of Africa, this special recognition is dedicated to people who have distinguished themselves in various segments of the society. We recognize our awardee positive efforts whose vision and entetprise is gradaully transforming our community."
According to Mr Anyanwu ,who spoke in Owerri,the Imo state capital, Arise Africa will continue to use the magazine to Redefine Africa to the world.
Hon Ken Ejiogu, SA Political to COS while receiving the award on behalf of the Principal said "This award goes to attest to the fact that the good works of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is being recognized.
We will not relent in touching the lives of our people. On behalf of my principal, I want to appreciate Face of Arise Africa Magazine for this special recognition. There is a saying that the voice of the people is the voice of God. The people has spoken through their votes and we will take the message to Ugwumba."
The Chief of staff, Imo Government House has not relented in giving hope to the hopeless. He had made real his promise of empowering the youths and we are proud to identify with his noble inititives and programme for the youths.
To build youth with a sense of hope, self confidence, imagination, creative and pride in the Nation's heritage.
Youth who are disciplined, well focused,law a bid I and full of spirit of entrepreneurship.
To create a platform for developing and empowering our youth to fully realize their potentials to complete favourable with youth in other democratic Nations of the world.
Anyanwu said" The Arise Afrika magazine mission is to raise the beautiful continent of Africa, one information at a time. promoting and celebrating distinguished personalities.
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is an illustrious son of Umunwokwe, Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State. Chief Uche Nwosu was born on the 8th of August, 1975 into the family of late Rev. Daniel Nwaobi Nwosu and Mrs. Jemaimah Nwosu.
Young Uche had his primary education at Shehu Sanda Kerimi Primary School Maiduguri between 1982 and 1988. This was followed by his Secondary training at the Government Secondary School, Gubio, Borno State and Comprehensive Secondary School Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre, Imo state (1988-1994). He obtained the WAEC School Certificate in flying colors.
By 1995 Uche secured admission into Imo State University, Owerri where he studied Urban and Regional Planning. He pursued his studies at the University with zeal and commitment from 1995 to 2000 when he graduated with a B.Sc second class honours degree.
During his time in the University, Uche Nwosu passionately played active parts in Students Union politics culminating in his being elected the first Students Union Government (SUG) Director of Transport in IMSU. During his time as the Director of Transport, he played an outstanding role towards the upliftment of that section. Subsequently, he held the following positions.
Secretary, SUG Caretaker Committee,Secretary, National Association of Nigerian Students, Imo State Chapter.
After graduation from the University, his working experience spans over ten years in different capacities viz:
-Personal Assistant to the President Rochas Foundation.
-Personal Assistant to the Special Adviser on Inter-Party
-Relations to the President and Commander-In-Chief.
-Director of Finance, Action Alliance.
-Former National Secretary, Action Alliance.
-Personal Assistant to the President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
-Deputy Chief of Staff to the Founder of Rochas Foundation.
Apart from these, Uche had developed competence and capacity in issues relating to Real Estate, Aviation, Consultancy and Human Management.
Hon. Nwosu has travelled extensively around the globe and has undergone training in such professional areas as Town Planning, Estate Management, Human Resource Development, Corporate Governance, Intelligence and Security etc.
In June, 2011, His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha (OON), the Executive Governor of Imo State appointed him as his Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations).
Further to this and in recognition of his hard work, diligence and sense of responsibility, His Excellency, the Governor in April, 2012 found him worthy to be appointed an Honorable Commissioner. He was charged with the responsibility of overseeing the tough and challenging Ministry of Lands, Survey, and Urban Development.
As commissioner in charge of the ministry of Lands, survey and urban planning, Nwosu performed creditably well and brought numerous innovations to the ministry, top of which were the re-certification and digitalization of certificate of occupancy (C of O), the opening of numerous layouts in the state, the creation of the Imo Lands and Lands among others.
While serving in that capacity and as a result of his outstanding performance as noted above, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu won the many awards including the best commissioner in urban development in Nigeria in 2014.
His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha again recognized his professional competence, managerial dexterity and calm disposition and re-assigned him as the chief of staff, administration, Imo state Government House which made him to serve in dual capacity as a commissioner and deputy chief of staff which he held until Imo Executive council was dissolved in 2015.
As a result of his outstanding performances noted above, even while performing on dual capacity, the Governor of Imo state His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha (OON) considered him as a suitable candidate and appointed him his Chief of Staff on June 2015.
As the Chief of staff, Imo State Government House, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has brought tremendous transformation to the office, making it a cynosure of all eyes. Reward for hard work they say is more work.
This saying was brought to bear in the case of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as Governor Okorocha again added to him the responsibility of the supervisory commissioner for special duties, making him to continue to function in dual capacity. This is in addition to their chairmanship and membership of numerous committees including that which cleared arrears of salaries and pensions for Imo workers and pensioners in December, 2015.
His unrivaled performance while discharging his duties was recognized by Imo masses and the judges who voted him the overall and best performing Government appointee within the five years of rescue mission administration, an open account for stewardship rendered by key appointees in the rescue mission government cabinet which was organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Imo state council.
Like his master and mentor, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu’s philanthropic and humanitarian spirit will stop at nothing to make sure that the lots of those around him and the society in general is bettered. This is why he has embarked on many people oriented, life transforming projects and engaged in numerous humanitarian services including :
-Construction of borehole at Onusa Nkwerre
-Construction of the borehole to the people of Umuezeanoruo community Nkwerre.
-Construction of three boreholes at different locations for the people of Eziama Obaire autonomous community in Nkwerre LGA.
-Distribution of more than five hundred tricycles to empower youths in Nkwerre LGA.
-Scholarship up to university level to over on e Hundred (100) students of the LGA both home and abroad.
-Training and empowerment of over Two Hundred artisans from the LGA.
-Furnishing and sinking of borehole at DSS and police offices in Nkwerre LGA respectively.
-Renovation of community primary school Eziama Obaire.
-Building of administrative blocks of comprehensive secondary school Eziama Obaire.
-Donation of transformer to umuaro community.
-Building of ICT centre in Eziama Obaire.
-Sponsoring of 28 personel for vocational studies in Germany.
-Provision of solar street powered street lights to Eziama Obaire community.
-Donation of vehicles to the traditional rulers of Eziama Obaire and Umuezeanoruo autonomous communities of Nkwerre LGA.
As a further manifestation of his sagacity to discharge his responsibilities with dexterity, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu used his office as the Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha to secure a permanent orientation camp as aginst the old and dilapidated one. This singular gesture saved Imo state the embarrassment of the corp members posted to the state having their orientation training at Akwa Ibom state.
Though a humane gentleman from Eziama Obaire in Nkwerre LGA who is just an appointee he has been able to do this much for the people of his local government and federal constituency in general. However, his humanitarian gesture is not limited to Nkwerre or his federal constituency alone. Some of the people under his scholarship programme, the artisans he has empowered and those he has helped to secure meaningful employment and appointments also cut across the length and breadth of the entire Imo state and beyond.
As a good team player, fine gentleman and astute manager of human and capital resources, Nwosu has a high knowledge of human relation. In all the positions he has held as a member of the executive council of Imo state, every single person that has worked under him pray and wish to continue working under him. Part of the innovation he carries along with him to give sense of belonging to staff under him is the Christmas/end of the year party for all staff under him. This is a platform which he uses to appreciate and reward hard work and dedication to duty among the staff.
A committed Christian and again like his master and mentor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Ugwumba Nwosu recognizes the fact that every good gifts comes from God who has the power to enthrone and dethrone kings and that the best place to offer most of his philanthropic and humanitarian services through the church and never spare a thought in helping to build a place of worship for the Lord.
The churches he renovated in Nkwerre LGA includes;
-St. Pauls’ Anglican church Nkwerre
- St. Mathews’ Anglican Church Amaokpara
-Renovation of St. michaels’ Catholic
-Catholic Parish parsonage Eziama Obaire
-St. Peters’ Anglican Church Eziama Obaire to mention but a few.
-He donated generously towards the new church building of Holy Cross Catholic Parish Aladimma Owerri Municipal council and single handedly tarred the church building. He honours invitation from many churches across the state and beyond and lives his imprints in the sands of time before departure.
These kind gestures and disposition to the church of God had gone unnoticed. As a result, he has garnered several awards from numerous churches, one of the most recent and perhaps one of the most outstanding being the award as an ambassador of Peace by the Holy Cross Catholic Church Aladinma.
As a man who strikes a good balance between religious, traditional and social life, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu’s contribution towards traditional and social well being of the people of Imo state and Nigerians at large, has equally not gone unnoticed.
It has attracted him awards, recognitions and chieftaincy titles as;
-Ugwumba of Eziama Obaire, Amaigbo and Obowo
-Ochinanwata 1 of Abia state
- Adeyemi of Yorubaland by the Yoruba Community in Imo stat
- Danzaki Of Dass,Bauchi state.
In December 2015, during a grand reception organized in his honour by the leaders of Isu/Njaba/Nkwerre/Nwangele state constituency, all the traditional rulers in the state uniamousily conferred on him a chieftaincy title of Ugwumba Gburugburu of Imo state.
He has also continued to garner awards from organizations like; the Nigerian institute of quantity surveyors, Nigerian institution of Estate surveyors and valuers, Nigerian institute of Builders.
He is equally a grand patron of; Rochas Foundation Old Boys Association (ROFOSA), Actors Guild of Nigeria, Imo state chapter, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) among others.
Nwosu who is an active member Nigerian Institute of Town planners (NITP), a fellow of Chattered Institute of Corporate Administrators of Nigeria (FCAI) as well as an associate member, Association of Nigerian Autthors (ANA) Imo state chapter.
Politically, he is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC). During the run up to the 2015 general elections, he won the gubernatorial ticket of the party in Imo state, but in a move which has been termed unprecedented, he relinquished his ticket to his boss, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
In Imo state, he is well known as a top advocate of youths and students, to this group of people, he is a mentor, motivator as well as a role model. His numerous contributions towards rightly positioning youths and students of Imo state is well known to the general public and has not gone unheralded. He has received the following awards and recognition from youths and students bodies;
- ‘Architect of good governance’ by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS),
-pillar of students’ unionism’ by the SUG of Imo state University.
-National patron youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN),
-Grand patron Arewa youths Ambassadors Congress (AYAC), a group uniting youths in the 19 Northern states of Nigerian.
In further pursuit of his great zeal to empower youths and students of Imo state and beyond, Nwosu is set to meaningfully empower about 1000 youths in different fields of endeavour before the end of 2017. This is made public while receiving members of National Union On Imo state students (NUISS) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently.
As a shining Imo star ,two ultramodern toilet facilities built and donated to the institution by the amiable and indefatigable Chief of Staff of IMO State Government was commissioned. This was part of the activities that heralded the institution’s 2016 convocation ceremony and Alumni home coming. He also gave out different categories of awards to the best graduating students in the entire faculty of environmental science. In addition his annual football competition which has been upgraded to include female version was formalized.
We are happy to recall here that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is one of the worthy alumnus of IMO State University who passed through the institution and allowed the institution pass through him.
The great IMO star recognizes the fact that the institution impacted so much in him and finds so much joy in utilizing any opportunity to give back to the institution. He also recognizes so much that the qualities that endeared him to his principal, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and kept him so relevant in the rescue mission was developed and nurtured at the university where he distinguished himself as the Pioneer Director of Sports in the Students’ Union Government.
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu developing from our local higher institution and for the fact that he has continued to showcase this fact while identifying
with all the activities that go on in the university is a shining example to the students of the higher institution and Nigerian youths in general.
As the management, lecturers and students of Imo State University has continued to savor the benefits of the magnanimous gesture of the erudite Chief of Staff of IMO State government House.
The entire management and staff of IMO State University, the Alumni and Students are grateful to God for the likes of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, who has distinguished himself through unparalleled philanthropic gestures by giving back to the higher institution that molded and shaped him into a man of valor he is today.
On the 17th Day of March 2017, Nwosu made another mark in his contribution to his alma matta when he Laid the foundation stone for the immediate commencement of the building of a Students Union Secretariat.
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is happily married to an amiable and delatable Mrs. Uloma Nwosu (Nee Okorocha) and the marriage is currently blessed with three precious boys.