BARR. ALPHONSUS EBA: A REFERENCE OF TRUE LEADERSHIP @ 45

“What time of night it is, I do not know, except like a fish bobbed out of water, I have bobbed up belly wise from stream of sleep ,great water drops started dribbling, falling like orange and mango fruits showered forth in the wind.” J P Clark in Night Rain.

It was indeed a night rain, drumming hard on my hotel roof, and I suppose everywhere in and around Calabar where I was as at the time of my first meeting with the Legal guru. The usual pleasure and sweet smell of water which made first rain of the year memorable was as strong as I drifted, into deep thoughts of a man whom I have heard of severally and made men in different capacities; a good governance advocate, who has used several quarters to profess on policy challenges confronting our great state, A man who has also proffered various policy options through Consultation and public lectures to help reposition the society. The thoughts of what God could use such a man to achieve for our great State overwhelmed me, so much that I lost “the beat of the drumming all over the land like, JP Clark will say in his “Night Rain.”

You can call him a nationalist, a politician or a philanthropist. Born June 8, 45 years ago, in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.

He is the Cross River State Director General of Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau,Quite early in his political career, he had stated that his vision was “to restore people’s faith in the concept of representative democracy as symbolised by the public service and more particularly, within the context of effective representation, whereby a public servant must not only be seen as a real mouthpiece and knight for his people – initiating/influencing favourable programmes and mobilising development resources – and not a distant sojourner in the seat of government, far removed from the realities, the needs and aspirations of his people.”

True to this vision, Alphonsus Ogar Eba Esq joined politics determined to bring his humility and experiences to effect humanity positively.

History will forever remember him as one of the most dynamic Politician in Cross River State, who brought the activities of governance nearer to the people.

He has equally elevated the concept of public service to an enviable level by attracting state developmental projects and resources to Yala, Northern Senatorial District with a view to positively change the fortunes of the people. The list is countless. They include roads, classroom blocks, library, ICT centres, electricity projects, health centres and so on. The legal guru also powered so many philanthropic activities, through his non-governmental organisation known as “Okadigbo vanguard.” Through the instrumentality of this organisation, he empowered so many people in the areas of adult literacy, football competition, scholarships to students, micro credits to farmers, women co-operative societies, widows and so on, as well as other sports competitions for the youths. He also sponsored health challenged people to hospitals and made it a habit to open his doors to people in other to entertain their problems and challenges,he has evidently promoted development .

Alphonsus Ogar Eba Esq believe that in the concept of humanity first in any society that craves for justice, equity and fairness. He said that “to keep the foundation of governance strong, we all have a duty and a role to play. Those who think the strengthening of the society is not their business are only playing the dangerous game of the cockerel, which refused to attend a meeting of the animal kingdom, claiming it was not his business. But, sadly for him, it was agreed that his linage will be used as sacrifice to the gods. The cockerel and his kindred are yet to recover from that “I don’t care attitude.” He, therefore, maintained that “the society is everybody’s business; insisting that for any society to move forward it must recognise it whole and entire, because it is with the instrumentality of humanity that bad leadership will be prevented.

In pointing out “the need to involve the public in crafting a platform that can meaningfully and fairly resolve the concerns of the various ethnic groups in Cross River politics,” he created the Okadigbo Vanguard,his political vision postulate that “ethnic groups must be persuaded to understand that all ethnic groups have a lot to gain from cooperation and much to lose from antagonising each other. They must be socialised to view each other as partners rather than competitors. According to him such a change in disposition will make it easier for the people to work cooperatively for the common good of the State.” Concluding that it is very important for people in a democracy to have a moral claim of “participation and ownership” to governance. This he said will make them understand, respect, support and live within the constraints of constitutional government.

On the burning issue, of “leadership” in Cross River,which so many commentators have bemoaned as one of our major problems,Eba came to the rescue with his capacity,ideas and wealth of experience with high standard of leadership ability.

Alphonsus Ogar Eba Esq has x-rayed almost all issues that have to do with governance and politics of Cross River State from changing the culture of government to cooperation between leaders and citizens. In recent times, Alphonsus Ogar Eba Esq has canvassed for the building of the Cross River of our dream that will enable us love her above our individual selves and narrow interests.

The man ALPHONSUS Ogar Eba has made contributions in various forums; making robust arguments on how to positively influence productive partnership. His arguments have always centred on bettering the fortunes of the common man, especially, in Cross River State.

Aside his political thoughts, which are too numerous to capture, the legal guru has shown leadership both as an administrator and in politics:A Director General of Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau and a stabilising factor in PDP and a leader per excellence, who has cooperated with his Governor Sir Benedict Ayade, to engineer enduring peace and friendship in Cross River State.

Egbara Emmanuel Ikaba, Special Assistant On Media And Publicity.

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