Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another. According to John C. Maxwell. As the All Progressive Congress (APC) intensify efforts to campaign and drum supports for all her candidates in the February 16th and 2nd March Presidential, National and State Assembly seats in Kogi Central, the people have put into consideration the many giant strides of a political strategist, a leader per excellence, and an uncommon philanthropist, Engr. (Dr) Abubakar Sadiq Ohere, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
In what can best be described as campaign made easy for APC, Ohere’s interventions in areas of Health, Education, Provision of portable water to communities, scholarships for both undergraduate and post graduate students, youths and women empowerment, to mention but a few are testimonies on which the camp of Governor Yahaya Bello and All progressive Congress (APC) keep swelling by the day. In the last one year, several political heavy weights in opposition parties from the Central migrated to the moving train of APC. All of these politician attributed their conviction to join the party due to the leadership style of Engr. Ohere
When Engr. Ohere led other political appointees to flagged off the dredging and reticulation of Okene water works early last year, the feat many doubted of sincerity of the government to complete this very laudable project; even if the government is committed, who will supervise this unique project and ensure it is delivered on schedule to alleviate the sufferings of the people. Lo and behold! Engr. (Dr) Abubakar Ohere, a technocrat, committed politician, an experienced Engineer and a dependable ally of Governor Yahaya Bello took charge, mobilised resources and judiciously expend it to the surprise of all. Today, the contractor handling Okene waterworks project has not only delivered on their promises but had also engaged hundreds of our youths thereby providing direct and indirect jobs to them and triggered economic development of Ebiraland.
Ohere’s Educational Foundation is another legacy. The idea is to provide financial assistance to indigent students in tertiary institutions.The foundation had so far paid school fees, accommodation and provide research grants (post graduate) to all beneficiaries. Recently, the technocrat-turned-politician, Engr. Ohere commissioned 2 blocks of 5 classrooms each at St. Andrew Primary School in Okene and another 2 blocks of 5 classrooms at Lennon Memorial College, Ageva.
Ohere’s Youth Empowerment Scheme is a story for another day. Hitherto to the present administration, youths in Kogi Central are willing tools in the hands of politicians to instigate crises for their selfish interest. Sadly enough, they are quickly abandoned to their fate soon after completing the assigned task. Here comes a charismatic leader, the game changer, the political bulldozer, Engr. (Dr) Abubakar Sadiq Ohere who has changed the narrative, unite the Ebira youths, empowered them, providing opportunities especially in the areas of agriculture and agro allied businesses. Today, our youths now ride cars because Ohere believe they deserve it.
The Traditional Rulers in Kogi State were not left out of Ohere’s leadership touch. Deserving traditional title holders have been graded/promoted to give recognition to the royal fathers. He had supervised the replacement of vacant traditional thrones across the state in line with the extant laws and devoid of the usual crisis and litigations. Palaces of our royal fathers have as well received adequate attention while their welfare have become a top priority under Ohere’s leadership.
Recently, at the palace of Ohindase of Okengwe in Okene Local Government where he had gone to interacts with traditional rulers of Agada extraction, Engr. Ohere took time to enumerate all achievements recorded by his office, and tasked the people to reciprocate the good gestures by voting massively for all APC candidates in the forthcoming general election and of course return Gov. Yahaya Bello for second term in office later this year. He said “If I have ever touched your life in any way, if yourself, family, community or clan have benefitted from us, please reciprocate by voting for all APC candidates and make the Gov. Yahaya Bello proud”.
Engr. (Dr) Abubakar Sadiq Ohere is now a household name in Kogi State, a phenomena and a political movement whose work continue to create a strong support base for his benefactor, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello.
Engr. Ohere is the man consolidating the New Direction Administration’s achievements to sail it onto the Next Level.
On a final remarks, this progressive body would like to register their most profound regards and appreciation to our great leader who in his inestimable wisdom and sheer convictions was able to wave and tailored the destiny of our society on a clean file of civilized conduct. We cannot equally forget to mention here the immense humility and wisdom of his Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello whose principle and perfect application in dealing with some burning societal issues being generated by the forces of retrogression in the state.
APC! Next Level!
Credit: Kogi Central Media Crew.