– Hon. Emenim
Giving life a meaning does not just give a glance to a human life but as well, the passion there of and genuine plans to build a sustainable and peaceful environment.
This exclusive interview engaged a business guru, political scientist, public administrator and defender of Justice and good governance, Hon. John Emenim.
He hails from Okpe Community of Abavo Kingdom, in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
His businesses are genuine being renowned farmer with large scale oil Palm’s production, Director of Honey Table Water, also deals on petroleum products and one time Delta State best crop farmer award winner during the period of World Food Day celebration.
In the course of the interview, the astute politician asserted that we have the wherewithal to make Ika South great.
We Please to meet you sir!
You are welcome my brother.
Briefly tell us about your growing up?
My growing up was not a rossy one because I wasn’t born with neither a gold or silver spoon. I have to fetch water before I could drink water.
I was born into the family of a well known farmer, Late Mr. Emenim Gabriel, who also deals on petroleum product (Kerosene).
I started my primary education in 1970 at the then St. Patrick Catholic School now Azun-Owa Primary School while on graduation in 1976, I was enrolled with Unique Institute of Technography which was regarded as a commercial school for secondary education.
Going forward, I joined Agbor Technical College in 1978 and had my industrial training in 1982 to 1984 at Delta State Steel Company (DSC), after which I was employed in same company during the time of Senator Oburume.
During an in-service training, I was awarded a scholarship amongst few of my colleagues to further our career (in Man power development) in New York Institute of Technology and our document fully prepared, but missed the opportunity when I traveled home to inform my parent of the development.
I got home only to found my father hospitalized at Enugu Teaching Hospital and had to stay back to care for him as he was in a bad condition. Before I could get through, my colleagues had left leaving me behind.
In same 1984, started my personal business, J O. Emenim, a Panel beating and Spray painting workshop in own town, Abavo and got married in 1986 which is blessed with many children and grandchildren.
While I was in business, a friend lured me into contract job, and one which I executed, during its payment time, I got the heat of my life by someone who asked me out of his office and also insulted me to be an illiterate. This led me going back to school.
Going forward, I remembered the story I was told by my grandmother that, she has eyes yet she was blind. Why? This was because she wasn’t educated. Then, she had a bank note but does not know how much she has inside, unless someone interpret to her.
Going by these experiences, I registered with Pivot at ICE, Abavo in 2000 and after three years, I enrolled for WAEC, cleared my result and subsequently gained admission into Delta State University, Abraka where I studied Political Science which I had also loved. I also went back in 2012 for my Master Degree programme to now become a Public Administrator. So, to the glory of God, I broke the yoke of illiteracy in my family by coming a graduate, a Political Scientist and Public Administrator. Today, we now have Medical doctors, Pharmacist and lots of other profession in my family.
Was this how you joined politics?
Not really! I joined politics in 1993 because I have passion for it and wanted to make impact. I am a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which I love not because it’s the ruling party but for it’s ideology that promotes peace and progress.
I was appointed as a Member of Ika South LGA Transition Caretaker Committee and represented Ward 13 Federal Ward, under Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Two years after, I contested for the local government council Chairmanship election but was unsuccessful.
What has sustained you thus far in politics?
Smiles! Just my passion to make impact and add value to mankind capped with sincerity of purpose, hard work and loyalty.
Would you say Ika South LGA, going by what is on ground today, is fulfilled?
Sigh! I wouldn’t agree to that because I see our Ika South as a local government area still struggling to get to her Eldorado.
Ika South is unique and we have the wherewithal to make it great. All that is required is the unity of genuine hearts whose interest simplifies integrity and humanity. We should strive to make plans that will better the lots of the people, bringing governance more closer to them and in the same vein, create an enabling environment for investments to thrive.
Would you be contesting the forthcoming Local Government Council Chairmanship election?
Yes! I am running for the office of the Local Government Council Chairman. This is a call to serve and would be glad having the honour and privilege to serve my good people of Ika South.
How would you rate the performances of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa?
The most distinguished Governor of Delta State and PDP leader, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is noble and has performed creditably well both in the areas of infrastructural and human capital development.
His leadership is unprecedented and a great achiever people should emulate.
How will you rate the performance of the incumbent Ika South Council Chairman, Hon. Barr. Victor Okoh?
He has done his best in the governance of Ika South Council. The building of the markets is a laudable initiative. However, we hope to improve more on what is on ground and add more development if succeeds him.
What are your plans for the youths?
My administration when elected into office, will drive effective representation while the development of Ika South youths will be sacrosanct.
Their recent protest was a welcome development, but I condemn the aspect of loot and vandalization of public properties as it was uncalled for. However, I advice them to be peaceful and efficient in whatever they do legitimately.
Your best and worst moments?
My best moments were seeing my children growing in a peaceful atmosphere while my worst moments were the insecurity and inflation in our society.
Your advice to the people?
I would advice the people, particularly the youths to be consistent, industrious and not see violent as a means to an end even as we look forward to a better and prosperous Ika South LGA. God bless us all.
Hon. John Emenim
Hon. John Emenim in one of the PDP event
Hon. John Emenim with one of his sons