INTERVIEW: Chief Clement Owunna (MFR) speaks on plans for Okigwe zone.

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MAZI-CLEMENT-OWUNNAChief Clement Owunna, MFR, serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starline Nigeria Ltd. He is also the  Executive Chairman of Petsow Laboratories Ltd.  From 2000-  2012, he served as Non-Executive Director of Diamond Bank Plc.

A pharmacist by profession,  Owunna  obtained his pharmacy degree in 1979 from the Drake College of Pharmacy , Des Moines , Iowa USA.  He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Marketing, North Western University, Illinois.

Following his return to Nigeria, Owunna has been dedicated towards uplifting the welfare of his people. In 1993, he launched the Chief Peter Sunday Owunna Memorial Foundation in memory of his late father. Through the foundation, he has  helped to provide   free medical treatment to indigent people from the zone and Imo State at large.

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In 2002, he was honoured with the National Honour of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) by President Olusegun Obasanjo in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the economic development of Nigeria and humanity.  Chief Clement Owunna is contesting for the Okigwe Senatorial seat  under the All Peoples Grand Alliance party (APGA).

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Recently, Chief Owunna spoke with  IMO STATE BLOG. Here are excerpts from the interview:

IMO STATE BLOG:  What informed your decision to run?

OWUNNA: Well apart from the pressure from different interest groups asking me to run for political office, the state of our Senatorial zone is something that has been made a caricature for so many years. I felt that in a situation where good people would stay behind and do nothing, there is no way we can improve the zone economically, infrastructurally and mentally so at that point, I made up my mind to engage politically and work towards it.

IMO STATE BLOG: You would be contesting alongside other notable sons in Okigwe. What makes you think you are a better candidate?

OWUNNA: (Laughter) Joi, I don’t know what you mean by better candidate.  At the end of the day, it is the decision of the people to make up their minds who to support. I think it would be wrong to claim that one person is better than the other. Its all a difference in the vision and agenda we all have for the zone.

IMO STATE BLOG: How do you assess the performance of Senator Matthew Nwagwu and what will you do  differently if elected?.

OWUNNA: Well, what I’m going to do for Okigwe zone is captured under my Okigwe Integrated and Development initiative. It’s a four point agenda. I don’t know the circumstance of Senator Nwagwu’s representation and what he met on ground but for me, I think that I am going in there with eyes open and a clear agenda.

My agenda borders on trying to address the problem of youth unemployment in our area and there are so many ways we can address that: Youth unemployment, women state of hopelessness and then the widows. So, looking at my four point agenda which is captured under Agriculture, Industry, Health and Education, I think that I can be in a better position to address these core issues because you know, a situation where they have 75% youth employment in the zone is not acceptable. We have to aggressively work towards trying to deal with these issues.

I have worked a lot with most of the problems I enunciated in my four point agenda and through my foundation, which I set up since 1993. I believe that with the authority of government, it will be a lot easier to attract a lot of multi-national agencies and different bodies to help and partner with the zone to address the issues.

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