Birthday Felicitation: Eze Joins the Entire World to Celebrate UGBOMA, an Astute Administrator, an Enigma, a Humanist, Outstanding Philanthropist, History Changer, the new Face of Rivers State Politics, Fearless Defender of Democracy, Competent Public Servant and a Trailblazer
While on transit to join my family for the weekend, I was struck by a dint of associative mechanism which spontaneously evoked memories of the pleasance of November 15 to the human race and as a mark of respect being the birthday of a great Star, Professor Henry Arinze Anthony Ugboma, I quickly asked my driver to throttle-down and park the car at a convenient and serene point to enable me spend some minutes to do this statement on this exceptional Star, a leader who, though I have not met, worth the sacrifice, given the plethora of testimonies about his goodwill towards humanity.
I was prompted by the exigency of time to stop midway into my journey to put this piece together because a weekend with my family usually has a strong flavor of exclusivity and thus, may not honor me with the luxury of time to punch my phone with the required attention and focus needed to construct this piece.
The entrance of Prof. Henry Ugboma into the politics of Rivers State was not only timely but came at a time the presence of people of his sorts were needed to effect some loud changes in the polity.
The thinking in many quarters is that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi committed unforgivable sin by nurturing a political family in the State and by way of punishment, he must not only provide food for all members of his political family, but must also cater for their children wellbeing and ensure that their house rents are promptly paid.
However, Prof. Ugboma came into the system, saw the unfortunate scenario and made frantic efforts to arrest the ugly trend by ensuring that loyalists and especially people at the grassroots whose voices are not strong enough to project thunderous echoes to catch the attention of the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, are provided with substantial means of livelihood.
Today, in Rivers State, aside from the Minister of Transportation and to some extent the Rivers State Government, Ugboma belongs to the class of selfless public servants with remarkable landmarks in providing employment to the teeming unemployed youths from Rivers State. He provides scholarship where necessary, to indigent students and is always available to identify with all in times of joy and grief.
Besides his philanthropic gestures, Ugboma freely relates with people of all classes and sponsors key political meetings of the party. The fact remains that the person and personality of Prof. Ugboma is a rare commodity. Give me thirty of his calibre and I will turn this country into a beacon of possibilities.
Ugboma has also distinguished himself as an embodiment of competence in public office, a rare specie of administrator whose track record of achievements in the health profession has restored confidence in public health institutions especially, the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), where he holds sway as Chief Medical Medical Director.
Ugboma, a proud son of Rivers State and public servant extraordinaire, has carved a niche for himself in all spheres and posterity will continue to be fair to him for his unwavering commitment to the health and safety of members of the public whose health needs at UPTH are met with very professional and accelerated attention.
The trailblazing leadership model adopted by Ugboma has transformed the formerly moribund UPTH into a health tourism site for all Nigerians. With the daily delivery of top-notch machines to the institution as well as the modern health facilities added to the institution’s catalogue of equipment, there are countless reasons for the rain of warm felicitations that has continued to pour-in on the CMD in commemoration of his birth.
To those who may not have been opportune to know the professional background of Professor Henry Arinze Anthony Ugboma JP, MNIM
B.Sc. (NIG), MBBS (NIG), FWACS, FICS.; the gentleman is an astute professor of Feto-Maternal Medicine at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Science, University of Port Harcourt and an honorary consultant, Feto-Maternal and infectious unit at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Science, University of Port Harcourt.
He is of Feto-maternal medicine and consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State in Nigeria
Currently, he is the Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State.
Professor Henry Arinze Anthony Ugboma is a Nigerian-born medical practitioner. He was born in Onitsha in Anambra State to Mr. and Mrs. Ugboma. He hails from Umu-Awo Ndoni in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He is happily married to the delectable Dr. E. W. Ugboma and they are blessed with five wonderful children.
He is a Professor of Professors. Here is one man who has put in the hard work to be where he is today, with loads of experience in the field of Medicine and hardcore leadership.
The Black-American Rights Activist, politician, and propounder of the Kingian Principle of non-violence, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was very much on point when he asserted that “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”.
This is akin to the citation offered by Albert Schweitzer which states that “the purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.” One can safely infer that Prof. Henry Ugboma has in no small means carved a niche for himself as already stated, as he continues to break new grounds and discover opportunities in his services to humanity.
Henry Ugboma has severally been said to have acquired the rare label of a barrel of sound human breeding, having been raised in a dynamic cultural setting with distinct and rigid societal mores, where sound etiquette, deeper sense of brotherherliness and love are practically inculcated as a holistic approach to life and held in high esteem. He is obviously voracious in thoughts and well spelt-out idea, as he is beautifully decorated with other attributes traceable to excellence, tact, focus, results-driven programmes, among others.
A good party man, Ugboma rose to be an ardent supporter and ally of the then Governor of Rivers State and now Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, on no other footing than the Governor’s instinctive ability and inherent dexterity in the delivery of key democratic dividends to the good people of Rivers State on whose wings he rose to serve for two consecutive terms, within which period he made giant strides with a legendary track-record of annual sectoral account of stewardships which notably outstrip the cumulative achievements of previous governments; a heroic deed which has established a very tough and mountainous barometer with which to measure subsequent administrations.
As a loyal confidant and intelligent follower of the ‘Amaechi School of Politics and Public Administration’, Ugboma went through the necessary rudiments and acquired distinction in public service and was consequently enrolled into the ‘corps d’elite’ circle, a class of topnotcher with special acumen and mastery on the conduct of the business of government. His enrollment saw his emergence as a revered political stalwart and leader of tact whose constructive criticisms against the docile administration of Gov. Wike and the People’s Democratic Party send shivers down the spine of opposition leaders in Rivers State particularly, his home local government – Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni and the entire Orashi Region.
I can now under understand why Hon. Enebeli Great Charles addresses him as the Ikemba 1, Chukwujindu Osa of E uaga, Nwannee Do N’ Mbw of Igbo Land to the chagrin of those who can’t stand his goodness and love humanity.
All hail the great trailblazer in the field of medicine, a terror to undemocratic elements, exemplary party loyalist, party promoter and seasoned administrator
Happy birthday my brother and friend. I pray God to guide, bless and grant you better and greater years ahead for better services to humanity
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
APC Chieftain & former National Publicity Secretary, nPDP
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