HARD TALK: ISOKO NATION AND JOEL-ONOWAKPO: A Clarion Call For A Progressive Political Change At The National Level


The national political arena at this time of Nigeria development has become very competitive as different nations in the federation strive for greater attention and share of her equitable resources.

The Isoko nation of Delta state, South-South, being a minority in the Nigerian conundrum with tendencies for minority marginalisation deeply wants not just her own share of the resources but adequate recognition, representation and share of the resources as an oil bearing nationality.

Therefore, for the Isoko nation not to be short changed and remember as the goose that lays the golden eggs, it needs a very sound, articulate, versatile, presentable, competitive, penetrative and intellectually robust personality to drive, match and compete at the national level.

A strong personality with formidable credentials from a minority platform as Isoko at this time, no doubt would make a great road into national discuss, give the Isoko voice an echo, create cross national relationship, and attracts support needed to detach a good chunk of the cake for the Isoko nation.

North and South of the Isoko nationality, there are individual, private, and public cry and agitations for that productive representation that is needed now.

A discuss amongst Isoko sons and daughters, elites, grassroots, artisans, community men and women has revealed this obvious need. And as the search goes on, to unravel who fits into the new realities, a name continuously prop up amongst the people, and the name is no less a person than, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, with a Masters degree in Management, an astute politician, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA.

Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, a seasoned professional and technocrat of high standing who have risen over the years into a renown entrepreneur with interest spanning in areas of telecommunications, technology, mining, hotels, financing, leasing, tax administration and consultancy amongst others.

At various times, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, headed top government positions of trust, such as transition committee chairman of Isoko South local government council where he distinguished himself in resource management and revenue generation that chatted a new direction and beginning in internal revenue generation of councils in oil rich Delta state.

This may have propelled his two term appointment as chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR), where he employed his vast experience to grow the state revenue from under a billion naira to over five billion naira. The sharp growth of the state revenue was recognised at the national level and he was promptly called to service as a regional coordinator, Federal Inland Revenue Service covering Edo, Delta and Rivers states, another elated position of trust, he currently holds.

Till date, the employment opportunities Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, gave to Isoko sons and daughters and Deltans during his days as the chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR), has not and cannot be surpassed.

Aside the national call up, he had before now elicited recognition for quality professional service, and this the Katsina Emirate council saw and aptly turbaned him as the “Kaagama” Of Katsina, which gave him the rare privilege of a membership of the Katsina Emirate council and as the only personality from the Isoko nation to so recognised.

He’s equally a recipient of numerous national and international awards.

It must be noted also that Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, is a renown philanthropist who have touched and still touching lives across the Isoko nation and beyond.

It is a known fact that the Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino’s Ithihikpebe Educational Foundation, his brain child, no doubt has empowered and made it possible for indigent students seeking University education through his free jamb lectures and other provisions which has remained a product of his good thinking, not excluding the scholarship schemes among other academic assistance which has made so many Isoko sons and daughters graduates of different fields of disciplines.

Whether you agrees or disagrees Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, is a politician with a difference, he’s that good politician that will always put the interest of his people above any personal interest without minding whose ox is gored and times without number he has demonstrated this traits of a good politician and a leader.

A good politician should be of a well discipline personality with selfless service to make live better for his people. This should be reflected in the community where he lives in all ramifications. Discipline is necessary for an orderly society and political life, without it, the social life would become miserable.

A selfless service is putting the welfare of the people representing before your own. Winston Churchill described it as “the first of all human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others”. A good politician firmly believes in taking care and maintaining the community of his people. He believes that community service is about giving back.

According to Theodore Roosevelt, “the most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice”. and this is what Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, represents.

Looking at the towering and intimidating personality of Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, a replica of a good hearted politician, it would not be out of place to call on this Isoko noble son, a patriot, a humble leader, a true party faithful to stand for the Isoko nation in the forthcoming 2019 House of Representatives, to represent the Isoko federal constituency in the green chamber.

This is not time for sentiments, pettiness, personal aggrandisement but a time to collectively assert ourselves as a nation with a purpose. We need to promote and lift our land with the resources God has bestowed on us.

This is a germane call on Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino Msc, FCA, and we hope he heeds the clarion call of the good people of Isoko nation.

Mr. Goodluck Ujerekre, writes in from Delta state.


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