Profile of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani
Chimaroke Nnamani, born May 1960 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, hails from Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended the Methodist Primary School, Agbani Road, Enugu, and the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), also in Enugu. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus) (1977-1983).

He had his post-graduate training as follows:
1987-1991 – State University of New York; the Inter-faith Medical Center/Down State Medical Center, Brooklyn New York (Obstetrics and Gynecology).

1991-1993 – Postgraduate Training and Research
(a) Perinatal Biology Center, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Southern California;
(b) Molecular Biology and Tissue Cytology Laboratory, Jerry “L” Pettis Veterans Administration Hospital, Loma Linda, California;
(c) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Perinatal Biology, College of Medicine, Loma Linda University (with specialization in Maternal Fetal Medicine);
(d) College of Medicine, University of South Florida.

Clinical Interest:
(i) Fetal medicine
(ii) Fetal surgery
(iii) Invasive fetal ultrasound
(iv) High risk pregnancy

Basic Science interest:
(i) Parturition
(ii) Uterine smooth muscle physiology
(iii) Cell-to-cell communication
(iv) Molecular biology
(v) Tissue cytology

Among the positions held by Dr. Nnamani in the field of Medicine are:
1987-1990 – Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology
1990-1991 – Chief Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology

1991-1993 Attending (i):
(i) Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda Medical Center
(ii) Faculty, Loma Linda University, College of Medicine and Perinatal Biology Center

1993-1999 Attending (ii)
(i) Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida;
(ii) Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women, Orlando, Florida;
(iii) Winter Park Hospital, Orlando, Florida;
(iv) Chief, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Associate, Orlando, Florida; and
(v) Faculty, College of Medicine, University of South Florida.

1999-2003:
Executive Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria (first tenure)
2003 – Till Date:
Executive Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria (second tenure).

Dr. Nnamani holds the following fellowships and membership of learned societies:
1. Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
2. Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
3. Member of the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians
4. Member, American Society for Cell Biology,
5. Licensure of California, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, and District of Columbia,
6. D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), University of Nigeria
7. Distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Law School
8. Adjunct Professor (Political Science), Babcock University, Illisan Remo,
9. D.Sc (Honoris Causa), Babcock University, Illisan Remo, and;
10. Honorary Fellowship, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ijanikan, Lagos.

Contributions to National Discourse:
Dr. Nnamani was elected the Executive Governor of Enugu State in 1999; and was re-elected for the second term in 2003. Aside his good works in restoring the dignity of man to the good people of Enugu State, Dr. Nnamani has been a very out-spoken public figure on burning issues of the day in Nigeria, through his lecture series.

Among these are:
1. Agenda for National Reformation; at the Forum of Southern Governors’ Conference, Conference Hall of the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu; 10 January 2001.
2. Ndigbo: Let Us Be Frank with Ourselves; Igbo Summit, in the Federation Hall of Presidential Hotel, Enugu, 19 January 2001.
3. Ndigbo, Taa Bu Gboo, Echi di lme (Let the Future Begin Now); Odenigbo Forum, Eko l’meridien Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, 24 April, 2001.
4. The Press and Our Democracy: The Path Not Trodden; Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Lecture, Main Auditorium of the National Universities Commission Headquarters, Abuja; 15 May, 2001.
5. Transition Politics and Nigeria’s Search for Sustainable Democracy; First edition of Post Express Anniversary Lecture series, MUSON Center, Onikan Lagos; 2 July 2001.
6. Ndigbo and the Challenges of Nation Building; Annual Lecture series of the Enugu Sports Club, Main Hall, Sports Club, Enugu, Enugu; 24 September 2001.
7. The Press, the faith and the State; Lecture segment of the annual press week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State Council, Main Hall, Hill Station Hotel, Jos, November 18, 2003.
8. Ndigbo, Can Your Generation Sustain Our Igboness; Annual lecture series of South East Development Initiative (SEDI), in Sam Mbakwe Hall, Concorde Hotel, Owerri, 14 December 2001.
9. Democracy 2003: It Must Be the Voters’ World; Babcock University, Main Auditorium, Ilisan Remo, 18 March 2002.
10. Refocusing Igbo Youth Energy; Igbo Students’ Renaissance lecture series of the Confederation of Igbo Students (CIS), Federation Hall, Hotel Presidential, Enugu, April 11, 2003.
11. National Question in Nigerian and Democratic Experience; Annual lecture of Department of Political Science.. .Main Auditorium, University of Lagos, 23 April 2002.
12. Rediscover Nigeria ... Democracy as a Vehicle for Investment Growth and Development; Rediscover Nigeria Project Initiative, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, 28 May 2002.
13. By the Hill and Valleys of Udi and Nsukka: The people, Their Heritage ... Their Future; Wawa Revival Lecture of the Enugu State Development Association (ESDA), Federation Hall, Hotel Presidential, Enugu; 28 November 2002.
14. Reflections on Architecture as Social Mirror ..the Enugu Perspective; Annual lecture of the Nigeria Institute of Architecture (NIA), Enugu State Chapter, Federation Hall, Hotel Presidential, Enugu, 28 November 2002.
15. Scare Mongers amid the Challenges in a Defective Political Society; Pro-convocation lecture of the Babcock University, New University Guest House, Ilisan Remo, 13 March 2003.
16. The Godfather Phenomenon in Democratic Nigeria ... Silicon or Real; Lecture series of Udi Hills, Nigeria, held in conjunction with The Source Magazine, Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, 20 May 2003.
17. Confronting the Local Government Question, ... Can This Nation Be Anchored on Variety?; Lecture series of the Basic Society Initiative (BSI), Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, 5 August 2003.
18. Gap Crisis in Transition Democracy and the Challenges of Proper Expectation Framework; Lecture of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi State Council; Glass House, Government House, Lokoja, 2 September, 2003.
19. National Conference in Nigeria: by Who, For Who, . . .Power Oligarchies or Citizens?; Lecture of the Movement for Democracy and Social Justice (MDSJ), Sokoto, Main Auditorium of the Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, 25 September, 2003.
20. June 12: the North and the rest of us; Second edition of Bola Ige Memorial Lecture, Main Hall, Premier Hotel, Ibadan, 30 September 2003.
21. Poverty in Nigeria ...Eroding the dignity of man; Annual Dignity of Man lecture of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA), Princess Alexandria Hall, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 6 October 2003
22. Chieftaincy and Security: an overview of non-centralized East/West Niger Igbo; at Murtala Muhammed Library Complex, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kano City, October 13, 2003.
23. The Press and the Nigerian Project; a programme of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Diamond Hall, Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos, October 23, 2003.
24. Poverty and the challenge of New Hope Evangelism; Second session of the Third Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Egbu, at Anglican Church, Umuneke-Ngor, Ngor Okpuala Local Government Area, Imo State, November 3, 2003.
25. Globalising in Poverty, 2003 lecture series of the Political Science Department, University of Ilorin, Main Auditorium, University of Ilorin (mini campus), Ilorin, November 19, 2003.
26. Fetus as a patient: the meeting point between the pediatrician and obstetric surgeon; Association of Pediatric Surgeons of Nigeria (APSON), at the Nike Lake Protea Hotel, Enugu, November 27, 2003
27. The Bar and the Bench: Public Expectations in a Nascent Democracy; 2003 lecture of the Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), at Ogun/Osun Hall of the NICON Hilton Hotel, Abuja, December 10, 2003
28. Poverty ... the Challenges of Medical Ethics; 2005 Annual Guest Lecture of the Institute of Child Health (ICH), University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Conference Hall of Protea Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, March 17, 2005.
29. Artisans as Leaders ... zoning to power; Arewa House, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation, Old Ministers' Quarters, Malali, Kaduna, Nigeria, July 20, 2005.
30. Poverty in Surplus ... water, water, everywhere; little ever to drink; 2005 Edition of Justice Chike Idigbe Memorial Lecture, Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, July 29, 2005.
31. Poverty in Nigeria ... we are all in it together; Annual Lecture, Investiture and Dinner of the International Association of Lions Club, District 404 B, Nigeria, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Nigeria, July 30, 2005.
32. Nigeria Central: Middle Belt, Glue of the Nation; 2005 public lecture of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State Council; Hill Station Hotel, Jos, Nigeria, August 16, 2005.

Public Service:
Governor Nnamani has exhibited deep appreciation of the uses of democratic political power to positively recondition environments. Consequently, he has elevated the erstwhile blighted areas of the State to high industrial development with his forming of the base for re-floating of the infrastructure foundation of Enugu State.

Specific cases in these are:
1. Enugu Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Agbani
2. Permanent Site of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT)
3. Enugu State University Teaching Hospital/College of Medicine at Parklane, Enugu State Government
4. 600 kilometer asphalted road network all over Enugu State, viz: Opi-Nsukka Road, Ozalla-Agbani Road, Agbani-Akpugo-Amagunze Road, Amechi-Obeagu-Amodu-Umueze Road, Ogne-Aguobu-Umumba Road, Aguobu-Ugwuoba Road, Oji-Awgu Road, 19.7 kilometers of Nsukka Urban Roads, University of Nigeria Roads, Nsukka-Ibagwa Road, Obolo Afor-Ogrute Road, etc.
5. Brand new Air Force Secondary School, Agbani
6. 64 units of middle executive staff quarters for the permanent site of the Enugu Science and Technology
7. Reactivation of the Sunrise Flour Mill, Emene, Enugu
8. Reactivation and final fitting of Nike Lake Protea Hotel, Enugu
9. Rebuilding of the Hotel Presidential, Enugu
10. Computerization of the admissions and records offices of the University of Nigeria
11. New faculty bus for the College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria
12. Reconstruction of the burnt electrical/electronics laboratories of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka
13. Remodeling of the College of Medicine Library of the University of Nigeria
14. The Upper Class Ebano City (Pcoket Layout), Enugu
15. Ultra-modern Permanent Secretaries’ Quarters, Enugu
16. Owner-occupier workers’ Harmony Village, Enugu
17. More than 21 kilometers water reticulation
18. More than 130 community rural electrification projects, fully executed
19. Agbani borehole/Amodu reservoir
20. Revival of Awhum borehole/reservoir
21. Awgu-Ndeabor Road
22. 16-unit buildings of the ultra-modern College of Medicine for the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT)
23. Ongoing 161 unit faculty/departmental buildings at the permanent site of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT)
24. On-going 14 unit buildings as ESUT International School, Ebeano City
25. On-going 24-unit buildings as Professors and other senior staff quarters at ESUT, Ebeano City
26. Four kilometer Ebeano City link road
27. Two kilometer Air Force Secondary School/Ebeano City Link Road
28. Dualization of the Chime Avenue, New Haven Enugu
29. Five kilometer Ebeano Bypass linking AMA Brewery with the Enugu/Onitsha expressway at 9th Mile Corner;
30. Construction of Nyaba Bridge on Amechi-Amodu-Umueze Road
31. 39 simultaneous headquarters infrastructure development in the 39 new Development Councils;
32. Compulsory multifaceted rural development and activation projects undertaken through the Area Development Councils, and the Local Government Areas (viz. erosion control measures, public schools’ maintenance, culverts, small entrepreneurial stalls, community health centers), etc.
33. Commissioning of the Community/Neighbourhood policing programme in conjunction with the Nigeria Police establishment
34. 2.1 kilometers tunnel road linking Artisan Gate at Ogui Road with Okpara Avenue, by the Old Trade Fair premises;
35. 1.9 kilometer link road connecting the highbrow Nza Street Independence Layout with the Upper part of Chime Avenue
36. Re-reticulation of the old Ogui Township/Obiagu/Presidential Road water pipelines
37. 324-unit Loma Linda Flats at the Loma Linda Layout, Enugu City

Grassroots Innovation:
Governor Nnamani hit the road so early in his drive to confront poverty when he initiated the Community County Council (CCC) programme. This was later expanded and refocused as the Community Development County Councils (CDCC). He followed this with the establishment of a Ministry of Poverty Reduction and Human Development which has now evolved a globally acclaimed poverty management scheme for universal application.

One positive chain effect of this development is the evolution of definable and workable economic development programmes for virtually every of the over 367 autonomous communities in Enugu State. Each has been resolved in pursuit of one development project under the tripodal counterpart funding arrangement of 50-25-25. This means that for every well articulated and designed project, the State government is under obligation to undertake 50 percent of the funding while the respective local government and community split the remainder.

Grassroots Political Mobilization:
Governor Nnamani, under the aegis of a political machinery code-named Ebeano, set a phenomenal political mobilization process, viz.:
(i) 17-member executive of the PDP/Ebeano executive in every federally delineated ward.
(ii) 17-member executive of the PDP/Ebeano in every State delineated ward
(iii) 17-member executive of the PDP/Ebeano in every of the 17 local government areas
(iv) 17-member executive of the PDP/Ebeano in every of the 39 Development Councils, and
(v) 17-member executive of the PDP/Ebeano at the State level

This has ensured easy communication and has in many occasions resulted in the assemblage of phenomenal numbers in response to calls of government at any given time. As a result, also, every active member of every segment of the Enugu political and economic society, gets virtually involved in one way or the other in the political mood of the State and in dispensing State resources.

In like manner, information on intensions or actions/policies of government is easily communicated to the grassroots.

 


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