By Charles Okogene
Perhaps, it is no longer news that Hon. Pascal Adigwe was among the first batch of advisers that the Governor of Delta State, Sen (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, recently reappointed. Reappointed because he was a Special Adviser to the governor on National Assembly and Inter-governmental Relationships 2015 to 2019. It’s even more heart warming that he was found worthy to continue in office as a Special Adviser. Though, as at the time of this report, no designation has been assigned to them. Aĺl the same, this writer says a big congratulations to the man whom his fans and pals refer to as “nwaoranine.”
Adigwe, a native of Ogbeogudei quartre in Ogwashi Uku, set out early in the life of this present democratic journey, when he contested and won election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to represent the good people of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency in 2003
At the hallow green chambers, the then young Adigwe who attended St. Michael College Ogwashi Uku and the great University of Ibadan for a degree in Mathematical Statistics, has an Msc from University of Benin and presently a doctorate (FINANCE) student, made a mark that has left his name permanently etched in the lips of all sons and daughters of Anioma, if not the entire Delta State.
Before joining partisan politics, he worked at the famous construction company, Hitech Construction Company, Lagos from where he opted out to set up in his business, Newland Group of Companies, which includes but not limited to Newland Farms and Newland Hotels among others; he was also a former teacher who taught at the School of Accountancy and Management Studies under the University of Jos.
In his days at the UI, Adigwe was the linchpin of Anioma consciousness among the students; an active student leader, a zikist, a helper to his mates in the promotion of the university’s ideals on excellence.
It was, therefore, not surprising when in 2002 he emerged from his quiet cocoon to show interest in politics. He relied on the goodwill he had gained as a philanthropist and his father’s fame to get to the house. Then he was in his early 30s when he contested and won the election into the House of Representatives!
In the house he was everywhere; he was member and head of the following committees, Chairman, House sub-committee on Federal Housing Authority, member house committee on works, member House Committee on Petroleum Resources, member South South Peoples Assembly among others too many to enumerate here.
Though, out of the house but not tired of politicking and fighting for the well-being of his people, the widely travelled Adigwe in 2914/15 re-oiled his political wheel when he aspired to represent Delta North Senatorial District at the Senate; however, one thing led to other, like they say, he lost the PDP ticket to the now controversial Senator Chief Peter Nwaoboshi despite the fact that his (Nwaoboshi) Ibusa town, had earlier produced senators.
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That, however, did not dampen the enthusiasm of Adigwe to see that the People Democratic Party (PDP), as a party, continues to walk like a colossus in the oil rich state and that a governor of Anioma extraction is produced by the state in the person of Okowa. It was on these premise that he joined forces with other like minds to campaign for the emergence of Okowa as governor in 2015 and again in 2019.
Adigwe was one of those who at the outset believed that Okowa will be governor and threw his cap in the ring in supporting him. He not only supported in words or vote,he helped to galvanised others to vote for him. And for that show of support and solidarity, he was rewarded with a post of a special adviser on National Assembly and Intergovernmental relations in 2015. Today in 2019, he has been returned as a special adviser; an indication that his pieces of advice the last time was genuine and altrustic.
Among the projects he will forever be remembered for while in the house, were his push for the completion of the famous Ogwashi Uku Dam, renovation of the run down Adonte Maternity, his unrelenting efforts at bringing to the attention of Delta State government, present and past, the poor state of roads in Ogwashi Uku and it evirons, which still remained the same; Adigwe will also go done in history as one of those that co-sponsored many people oriented bills on mass housing, telecommunications, police, prison reforms and poverty alleviation among others while in the house. He also fought for and secured the enlistment of his constituency as an oil producing area and therefore a beneficiary of NNDC project, which Senator Nwaoboshi was the immediate past Senate Committee chairman at the 8 senate and out of which Abbah Unor, a town in the constituency, benefitted a brand new road from. But inspite of the clean record of achievements, he was not allowed to return on the altar of equity and fairness, which the former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori brought into the political lexicon of the state.
We can say on and on on his achievement for the four years’ stint he had at the house, we hope that the powers that be at Government House, Asaba, will listen to his wise counsel this time round, and heed the cry of residents of villages like Egbudu Aka, Ukwu Oba, Adonte, Ashama and others for motorabe roads.
Nwaoranine (son of everybody) welcome on board again!