By Emezie Madu, PhD
Today 21st June 2020 marks the birthday of Dr Godwin Maduka who was born in Umuchukwu, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra state 61 years ago.
Dr Godwin Maduka who is a Nigerian-American doctor, philanthropist and business man is one of the Governorship Aspirants.
In line with the zoning formular it’s the turn of Anambra South to produce the next Governor. One would have argued against this political expediency because it can produce an incompetent Leader just as Federal Character principle often produces incompetent officers but nature has made everything perfect in one man who stands above his contemporaries in all measures.
Dr Godwin Maduka is a triple Professor and perhaps, one of the most educated Nigerians to be persuaded to vie for an elective position. In Anambra state he stands out as one of the most educated personalities and the good people of Anambra want him to contest. He takes a quantum leap above other aspirants in a highly reliable opinion poll across the State as the same name Dr Godwin Maduka continues to reverberate as the most credible candidate.
He is also from Anambra south and his locality stands to be the most marginalized politically. So everything is working for his good.
What Dr Godwin Maduka did in his community which is the first of its kind is an eloquent testimony of what he will do as a Governor. As a philanthropist of superlative degree, Dr Godwin Maduka built more than 100 houses for the less privileged, a Divisional Police Headquarters a 17 storey medical research institute; it will be the largest in West Africa when fully equipped, a Church for the Roman Catholics and another for the Anglican Communion.
He also built a residence for the priests and Trinity International Hospital which he handed over to the Catholic church with state of the art equipment including CT scan and over 20 incubators. He also built Secondary Schools, a civic centre, a Magistrate Court, a High Court Complex with residential quarters for Judges in his home town Umuchukwu which he handed over to Anambra State Government.
To help fortify security, Dr Godwin Maduka constructed two storey buildings in four spaces for the Nigeria Police and complemented it with a bungalow as Officers Mess. He also built a structure to serve as operational base for the Men of Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS, which he donated to the Nigeria Police. He built headquarters for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
Dr Maduka has also sponsored hundreds of Students from his Community and beyond to acquire good education. He also secured jobs in blue chip companies for numerous of them. He built a vocational centre for trainee artisans.
Dr Godwin Maduka is the founder of Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Centre.
He completed his graduate medical training at the Harvard University School of Medicine in Anesthesia, critical care and pain Management in 1997. Prior to his Harvard residency, Dr Maduka completed his internal Medicine internship at the University Of Tennessee School Of Medicine.
Furthermore, Dr Maduka completed a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988 after completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with first class, from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1984.
Dr Maduka is a “heart beat of America” Award winner and is widely recognized as a premier Physician in the Pain Management field.He is no 8 Among the top 10 Nigerian American Doctors. Dr Maduka also serves as the clinical Faculty Supervisor of Pain Management in Anesthesiology for Touro University Nevada’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr Godwin Maduka has a Diplomate in Royal college of Surgeons, Diplomate in Minimally invasive spine surgery and medicine and a professor in pain management, anesthesiology and in department of surgery!!!!
This triple Professor and first Class graduate seems to be the only one among those jostling for the governorship position who has not compromised his integrity financially, politically and otherwise!
At this auspicious moment one cannot but wish Dr Godwin Maduka, the new face of Anambra state a happy birthday and more glorious years ahead
Who else among the political gladiators has developed his community or assisted the less privileged like Dr Godwin Maduka?