Saturday, May 7, 2011

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha: A Brief Profile Of A Man Of Destiny


By Chuks OLUIGBO

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha (OON) was born on September 22, 1962 in Ogboko, Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State. Born with neither a silver nor a golden spoon, he practically rose from grass to grace through sheer hard work, diligence, courage, determination, and the grace of God.
He began to hawk groceries in Barkin Ladi, Jos, Plateau State even before he reached his teens. At age 14, he bought his first bus. He later became a proprietor of a commercial school, made his first one million naira from a commission on sale of road construction equipment and sold fairly used cars via Cotonou in Benin Republic.

Owelle Rochas started his secondary education amidst abject poverty and privation in 1976, and by the late 1990s, he was combining education with business and public service. Today, he holds LL.B and LL.M from the University of Jos, Advanced Diploma in Public Administration, Diploma in Law and Conflicts Management, and PGD in Management.

Prior to his rise to wealth and prominence, Owelle, who is currently the chairman of Rochas Group of Companies, had always prayed to God to bless him so that he would be able to bless others. So, when the wealth came, he in 1996 opened the Rochas Foundation in fulfilment of his promise to God. Rochas Foundation gave birth in 2001 to Rochas Foundation College, which today has campuses across the country, namely: Owerri and Ogboko in Imo State, Kano in Kano State, Ibadan in Oyo State, and Jos in Plateau State. The colleges, which have so far graduated three sets, offer free qualitative education to indigent students across the country. There are also plans to start the Rochas University at Ogboko, Imo State soon. At the same time, there is a plan to set up an international campus of the college in Abuja to accommodate children from other parts of Africa.

A passionate humanitarian, Owelle Okorocha is the President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. He has brought his revivalist spirit to bear on the near-moribund society. The Nigerian Red Cross Society is now very much alive and waxing stronger than ever.

Politically, Chief Okorocha has been very active both at the state and at the national levels. A highly detribalised Nigerian who firmly believes that Nigeria’s key problem is political leadership and not ethnicity, he in 1999 represented the Ideato North and South Federal Constituency at the National Constitutional Conference which drafted the current Nigerian Constitution. He it was who introduced the feedback forum for his constituents. He also served as a federal commissioner representing Imo State in the Federal Character Commission.

In the same 1999, he won the chairmanship of the Youth Wing of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and later contested the 1999 gubernatorial election in Imo State but was shortchanged. He was purported to have won the election but the so-called political godfathers in Imo felt that he was not going to play card and so gave the governorship seat to Achike Udenwa.

The Federal Government of Nigeria, mindful of his management skills and latent dynamism, appointed Rochas the chairman of the board of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA. He was a presidential candidate in the 2003 general elections under the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP. He was later appointed a Special Adviser to Mr President on inter-party affairs.

Disenchanted with the day-to-day running of existing political parties, Owelle Rochas Okorocha founded the Action Alliance, AA, a mass-oriented party which aims to change the old order and chart a new course towards moving Nigeria to greater heights. Prior to the 2007 elections, however, and with the unity of Nigeria uppermost in his mind, he returned to the PDP fold and contested the party’s presidential ticket and came second behind the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He later formed a grassroots mass movement, The Agenda.
           
In the build-up to the 2011 general elections in Nigeria, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, dissatisfied with the way the affairs of the ruling PDP were being run, especially in his home state, Imo, decided to pitch his tent with the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. It would be recalled that he was also part of the PDP Reform Group led by ex-Senate President Ken Nnamani, which earned him a suspension from the PDP in his Ideato South LGA. He was picked to fly the flag of APGA at the gubernatorial election in Imo State.

Today, having scored the highest number of votes cast as well as 25 percent votes in more than two-thirds of the 27 local government areas in Imo State, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha has been declared Imo State governor-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. He will champion the affairs of Imo State for the next four years beginning from May 29, 2011.

18 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Imo State. The sun is beginning to rise again!

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  2. Thorough investigative journalism - the stuff for which the western media espcially British journalism is revered the world over. Keep it up Chuks as u perfect each new day. Now time to watch him - Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

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  3. We hope that Rochas does well in office. Imolites are ready to sweep him out if he fails to perform.

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  4. Rochas is truly the right man for imo state. I have been following rochas desire since 2003, i think is a man that can move a nation forward not to talk about a state. Very very courageous

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  5. Congrats to my Man Rochas.CHUKS OLUIGBO where did U get these facts from abi una don begin sell una market 4 Rochas body becos dis page (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001044117881&sk=photos) says he was born Born on November 15, 1976. Ndi Igbo kwenu. Nothing do una, make U sell Ur market to anybody wey 1buy.

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  6. We love you ride-on Governor R.O.O

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  7. Given that politics are out for those in the Red Cross - is it time for the honourable Governor elect to hand over his position as President of the Nigerian Red Cross?

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  8. Oga Chuks, how come your article is silent on his family life? Is he married and if yes how may times, wives, children, etc.
    This will no doubt help your readers form their informed and independent opinion of the man who many see as the new kid on the block in Nigerian politics, that is! Baruch Michael

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  9. Nice work you re doing chuks,,kudos to u!!! Continue the good work and may your light never dim,,,,,,

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  10. Governor Rochas, you are really doing a great work in your state. More grace for you in Jesus name. Especially on the aspect of education and fair distribution of wealth, you are a pacesetter. God will take you higher than this, so that you can be a solution to this country. God bless you.

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  11. Hey Chuks, this is a nice one. More grease to your elbow! I have no doubt that you will go places...

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  12. Ekechi Paschal O.CMarch 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    suffice this to say that what must be must be no matter the preasure from anybody. He was born to be great so it did not come as a surprise.

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  13. the eye of imo state

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  14. onyinyechi abrahamJune 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    owelle GOD Almight will contiune to bless u and your family

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  15. pls governor rochas try to put the Corpers posted to ur state in budget

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  16. GOOD MORNING! HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR OWELLE ANAYO ROCHAS OKOROCHA. I AM MR VAL EMEKA UMEH A.K.A EMI BLACK FROM NGOR OKPALA LGA OF IMO STATE NIGERIA . I AM A GREAT UPCOMING MUSICIAN FROM IMO STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY I DEDICATED A SONG TO YOU FOR YOUR GOOD LEADERSHIP OF IMO PEOPLE AND I WENT TO A COMPETITION WITH THE SONG I DEDICATED TO YOU AND I CAME OUT WITH SECOND POSITION BY HARRIS CHUMA NAIJA MUSIC ORGANIZATION LAGOS. AND THE WILL COME TO PRESENT AWARD OF CREATIVITY EXCELLENCE AWARD TO ME IN OWERRI, HIS EXCELLENCY I WAS SUPPOSE TO CELEBRATE THIS AWARD WITH YOU SINCE LAST 19TH OF JULY 2012 BUT I WAS DISAPPOINTED BY NGOR OKPALA COUNCIL CHAIRMAN HE PROMISED TO SPONSOR THE AWARD PROGRAM SO THAT NAIJA MUSIC ORGANIZATION LAGOS MEMBERS WILL COME AND PRESENT THE AWARD TO ME IN YOUR PRESENT, SO AFTER HE SENT ME TO THE OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GOVERNOR CHIEF COMEDIAN UCHE OGBUAGU TO GET THE AWARD BUDGET WHICH WAS 365.OOO BUT HE FAILED TO CARRY OUT THE PAYMENT TO ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU OF IMO STATE GOVERNMENT. HIS EXCELLENCY AM WRITING TO U WITH TEARS AND A HEART FULL OF DISAPPOINTMENT FROM SOME OF IMO SONS DAUGHTERS THAT I RUN TO FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CARRY OUT THE BILL OF 365.000 OR EVEN BRING ME TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE FOR HELP BUT HE INSISTED. I SAW IT AS IF THEY DONT WANT ME TO PRESENT THE SONG TO YOU SO THAT MY MUSIC WILL NOT TAKE OVER THE TOWN IN OTHER YOU NAME WILL NOT BE PROMOTED NATION WIDE WITH MUSIC . BUT I SAY NO TO THAT THEN I START LOOKING FOR YOUR EMAIL TO RICH YOU MY EXCELLENCY. I WANT THE AWARD TO CARRY OUT THIS MONTH ENDING SO THAT I CAN RELEASE MY FULL ALBUM THIS DECEMBER WITH MARKETERS. HIS EXCELLENCY I CRY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP ME CARRY OUT THIS PROJECT NOW.......................THIS IS MY NUMBER 08130605993 EMI BLACK.. BELOW IS THE AWARD BUDGET LIST THAT WAS GIVING TO ME BY ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU IMO STATE GOVERNMENT ..THANK YOU HIS EXCELLENCY FOR ALL YOUR GOOD WORK. WE THE IMO INDIGENE OUTSIDE IMO STATE ARE PROUD OF YOUR GOOD WORK…. LONG LEAVE OWELLE OF IMO STATE.

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  17. well! All have been said and done! I wish Rochas Okorocha a brighter future

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