HON VICTOR ONYEKACHI OCHEI: AN INDEFATIGABLE COMMUNITY LEADER.
“Distinguished men put their trust in God and ideas and not in circumstances.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
A community is much more than just a group of people living in the same area with the same local government. Finding common perspectives is what holds a community together when exploring problems and solutions to issues of concern. Strengthening the ‘fabric’ of a community can often need a helping hand and a great leader has a role to play in providing support and opportunities for those people willing to ‘step up’ and make a contribution. The target audience for the Community Leadership encompasses those with vision, capacity, strong personal values, an interest in making a difference and a willingness to give something back to their community – people active in their communities with a capacity to make things happen.
Leadership is an activity rather than holding a position, and those working for positive change in their community are exercising leadership. In this context, community leadership embraces the concept of ‘active citizenship’ which is fundamental to the set of values that hold communities together when working to resolve problems. Hon Victor Ochei has demonstrated exceptional abilities in community development and participation over the years both as an accomplished entrepreneur and community-representative in the Delta State House of Assembly
A community is much more than just a group of people living in the same area with the same local government or state. Finding common perspectives is what holds a community together when exploring problems and solutions to issues of concern. Strengthening the ‘fabric’ of a community can often need a helping hand and a community leader has a role to play in providing support and opportunities for those people willing to ‘step up’ and make a contribution. In the heart and activities of Victor Ochei, it is glaring that helping people to build their communities is the very essence of democracy.
The target audience for the Community Leadership encompasses those with vision, capacity, strong personal values, an interest in making a difference and a willingness to give something back to their community – people active in their communities with a capacity to make things happen.
Of the maze of candidates seeking to lead Delta State in 2015, Victor Ochei is undoubtedly the one with skilled business growth achievement; with over 500 men and women under his management in his different companies, a continuous level of growth in the lives of employees and businesses spanning over a decade is a clear indication of sustainability that strikes a semblance of an iconoclast. In the era when many businesses packed up owing to global recession, his adept and “staying-the-course” spirit has endeared him to all and sundry as he continues to put food on the tables of thousands of employees and their dependants nation-wide.
Timeless leaders have always had powerful mastery of four critical skills. First, deep self-understanding of their own strengths and limitations. Second, an ability to recognize and draw out the best skills in others. Third, the uncanny ability to clear path to the yet unaccomplished. Fourth, inspirational communication abilities to rally others to the cause. The stronger each of these skills is mastered, the more we respond to the leader as “great.” Ochei remains a great leader for all and sundry in Delta State.
Hon Victor Ochei’s greatest trait is in his confidence from God who gives all talents and treasures inextricably. This same confidence has transcended into his private and public life and sometimes misconstrued as near-arrogance. It is self-evident that self-awareness; knowing how your actions influence and affect others is a quality that cannot be taught. Being aware of your tone when you speak and the messages you are sending when interacting with your employees and other people are very important. A leader’s confidence is contagious. For others to respect your opinion and your input, you have to be confident with your words and your actions. Knowledgeable people follow wise leaders. Knowledge with conviction comes with experience. Being exposed to different situations can give a leader enough knowledge on how to be effective with any problems or situations. Passionate people are naturally motivated by leaders who are passionate about their work and about their company. If it matters to you, it will matter to those who follow your lead. Humility is the vital ingredient of any outstanding success story. Ochei’s exemplary humble lifestyle as a leader sets him apart from the crowd and it is important to know that there is always room for improvement. If you know how to accept constructive criticism then those who follow your lead will respect you more. A humble leader is never too good to handle any tasks. We find in Ochei the astuteness of a solid star and the indefatigability of a forefront leader at all times. So Help Him God!
Deltans Want Victor Ochei
All roads led to the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba recently when the wives of the legislators of Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), led by the wife of the speaker, Mrs. Hanatu Ochei ,empowered women from the 29 state constituencies of the state. As early as possible, the doors of the indoor sports complex were thrown open and the women came in their twos and threes to attend this great event in different beautiful attires, including Aso-Ebi, made of different fabrics from the popular George Wrappers to The Akwa –Ocha of the Anioma people and Nigeria prints of different shades and colours. The lawmakers’ wives, clad in beautiful red and purple custom-made short sleeve shirts with the inscription ‘’ PROJECT SMILE ‘’ boldly written at the back were all looking beautiful and radiant, which apparently meant they were all ready for the business of the day. The delectable wife of the speaker, Mrs. Hanatu Ochei, was seen every where all around the hall trying to make sure things went well and indeed, it did go well and ended well. To say the least, her humility is worthy of emulation. She did not go about carrying her self with pride like some women in her position as the Speaker’s Wife would have done. Rather, she gave a listening ear to everyone who needed assistance or explanation in one way or the other to my admiration and I could help smiling (unknown to her though) when, at different times some women walked up to me asking for the speaker’s wife even after she must have offered them some piece of advise or a word or two to some burning issues bordering on finance, only for me to point at her, while I got amused at their surprises. Though she is very young, she showed every quality of being not just a mother but a good one and that alone explained while she was able to carry the other lawmakers’ wives along, despite their age difference. Far from being a praise singer, I was really humbled by this singular act. I said to my self as I soliloquiesed, ‘’A child who is well brought up is not difficult to identify and she actually proved me right when Dr((Mrs) Gloria Ferife walked in as the representative of the First Lady, Deaconess (Mrs ) Roli Nere Uduaghan. She stood up from her seat and walked straight to welcome her, while she gave her welcome hug and the story was not different when the commissioner for MDGs, Queen Victoria Ikenchukwu and the Branch Controller, Central Bank Of Nigeria ( CBN) Asaba Branch, Mrs. Elizabeth Oyibo Agu, walked into the venue. The women were divided into different groups and a workshop was held with different resource persons teaching them the importance of savings and the need to invest the fund that will be given to them wisely on small-scale businesses rather than lavishing it on unprofitable ventures, to enable them take care of their homes. As I looked around the hall, I could see women who were eager to learn and do something positive with their lives rather than idle around. It was really timely, therefore, that the lawmakers’ wives came out at this point with such laudable project that could put food on many tables and put back smiles on some faces. Like I asked someone who cared to listen after complaining that the money was to meagre, if any one had given her a gift of N20,000 in the last one month and how many people out there can afford to part with only N500 as a gift? The truth is, it is not how much is given but the spirit behind the giving that actually matters. The programme proper kick-started with a prayer session and a welcome address by the wife of the Speaker, Mrs. Ochei , after the accreditation and verification of beneficiaries, while she made it clear that the gesture was put together by the wives of the law maker as part of their contributionto the three-point agenda of His Excellency, Dr Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan to wipe out poverty in the state. She therefore, enjoined the over 300 beneficiaries to use the fund for the purposes they are meant for. The lawmakers’ wives who spoke in the pidgin language was applauded by these grass root women who were mostly petty traders and farmers who ordinarily would not have be able to comprehend her message if it was done in the more refined English Language. They were able to capture their attention be women) understood. I can confidently say that, the message was well delivered even as Mrs.Ochei, made them understood that the Speaker was committed to fulfilling his promise of giving out N50,000 extra as incentives to the first 10 women to save up to of N20,000 among beneficiaries in the previous year. The women, who were mostly farmers and petty traders could not hold back their joy when finally the promise was fulfilled. This also spurred the commissioner for( MDGs) Millennium Development Goals ,Queen Victoria Ikenchukwu to make a pledge of an additional N10,000 to what the Speaker had promised to give to the first 10 winners that will emerge among the 300 beneficiaries. Her Excellency, Deaconess,( Mrs.) Roli Nere Uduaghan who was represented by Dr (Mrs.) Gloria Ferife, who also spoke in our local lingua franca, the pidgin language, also commended the law makers’ wives’ for the wonderful initiative and advised the women to make judicious use of the fund, saying that money is not easy to by and urged them to keep to the agreement between the women and the state government. She also urged them to take the projects serious and thanked them for their response The women, who were drawn from the 29 different state constituencies in the state sad they were grateful to the women who made it possible by cushioning the effect.
SOURCE: The Pointer: 20 June, 2013