By Paul Sylvester
In the words of an American essayist “what you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”. In this sense, one considers less, the reward he gets by achieving a feat, but more of what counts as impacts and footprints of a given achievement. On the spotlight in this piece, is a fine gentleman who has clinched a superlative performance, in result oriented public service and impactful leadership feat by Prince Enobong Uwah, serving chairman Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA).
Fondly referred to as ‘Hammer’, Prince Uwah, has successfully over the years, carved a niche for himself with regards to administrative prowess, good leadership initiative and character of reliability. From his days as Commissioner for Environment to the present period where he holds sway at the helm of UCCDA, a previously less active agency of the Akwa Ibom State Government.
Given that results blow loud trumpets, then Prince Uwah’s trumpet would be acceptably deafening. One then wonders why there is so much to make a good noise about, but little is heard. This situation about the Uyo born technocrat, defies the public opinion or perception of matching achievement with publicity, or perhaps greater publicity. It is only in this that one can clearly hold that Prince Enobong Uwah is, but a silent achiever.
As titled above, Uwah’s method of or attitude to silent achievement, can only be modeled after by those who seek similar path in public service, or any given responsibility. A striking attribute of the subject in focus, is ability to maximise opportunities and pursue targeted goals for the good of all and fair justification of his job. This was evident in his days as Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, when the state capital experienced for the first time, a clearer direction on waste management and public sanitation with the introduction of the Green Brigade, sanitation team which employed more than 2000 people, that had since taken care of waste disposals, street sweeping, maintaining greenery and other related duties. Till date, Uwah’s signature in the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, remains valid.
Still in the old testament and in Gov Udom Emmanuel’s first term, where Prince Enobong Uwah was appointed Commissioner for Housing and Urban Renewal, his admirable personae came to bare. Among other things, Uwah in few months in office, championed the cause of cutting unnecessary government expenditure on rent, while securing an abandoned 4 story mansion, refurbished it, and turned it into the beautiful State Secretariat annex, housing several ministries and departments of the State Government. His Signature is obvious in the magnificent Dakkada Secretariat along Oron Road/Udo Udoma Avenue axis.
In 2017, he assumed office as chairman of Uyo Capital City Development Authority and what seemed like mission impossible in truly living up vision of UCCDA, later unfolded as possible under the watch of Prince Uwah. In June 2017, Uwah clearly frowned at the idea of UCCDA working in a rented office facility, which prompted his immediate resolve to commence construction of a permanent secretariat for the agency, in order to cut down spending on rent. On June 8, 2018, foundation for the structure was laid and one year later, the building is totally completed. Still under his UCCDA leadership, he has ordered the creation of a central digital Geo-information Bank to domicile and enable storage and retrieval of private and corporate projects attributes, including application, names, ownership and geo-spatial coordinates, like aerial dimensions of landed structures.
Finally, testimonials say it all. Prince Enobong Uwah’s appointments have been described by analysts as “putting a square peg in a square hole”. A Political Scientist, Dr Eno Uyoe holds thus, that “the vigor which Enobong Uwah invested as commissioner for Environment, especially by ensuring that the City of Uyo was always clean shows he will do well in his new posting”. All in all, Uwah is a model, a good one.