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Dr. Godwin Maduka, a triple professor in medical sciences and philanthropist, is the candidate of the Accord Party in the November 6, 2021, governorship election in Anambra State.
In this interview, the chief executive officer of Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Centre, USA, unveils his lofty plans and how he would transform the state to an enviable status, if elected. He said that his achievements as a private individual show he has a vision for the ultimate greatness of Anambra and her people.
On why he is abandoning his flourishing career for politics
Before I go into the reasons I joined politics let me tell you a little about myself and how it all started. I was born in 1959 in Umuchukwu, formerly Nkerefi autonomous community in Anambra State. For some of us that were born around that time, we didn’t start school till age 11 or so. I migrated to the United States of America in 1982 after gaining a scholarship. I was lucky to finish a 4-year course in one year and six months.
Then, we used to read above and beyond the course of study for external examinations like WAEC, GCE, etc. So, upon migrating to the US, it was easy to go through the class. They were able to test me from freshman to sophomore and junior. It was the middle of junior year that my knowledge could take me.
So, within two weeks of being in the US, I had already read two and half years and later, obtained a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry at Rust College, Holy Springs, Mississippi in 1984. After that, I completed my Doctorate programme in Pharmacy at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988. In 1989, I entered the Doctor of Medicine programme and finished in flying colours. In 1992-1993, I completed my internal medicine internship at the University of Tennesse School of Medicine and gained admission into Harvard School of Medicine to study Medicine, which was where I did my four-year course in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pain Management in 1997.
Upon completion of my course, I went to Las Vegas where I was working as a physiologist and doing minor surgeries. I had to leave after a year and a half to open my practice called Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Centre. I was doing most of the minor surgeries, which entailed pharmaceutical as well as surgical interventions to pain management. I ended up building six pain hospitals in the US. My extensive training in pharmacy, anaesthesia and critical care medicine enabled me to offer valuable insight and unique knowledge to which treatment options are best suited to various patients. These often result in new levels of pain relief.
God has blessed me beyond my imagination. At one point, I had to think of home. So, 20 years ago, I made a pact with God to use his blessings to better my people and the land of my birth, Anambra. Over the past years God has helped me keep this promise because, even as a private person, I have done what no politician has been able to do in Anambra and Nigeria.
One of the worst calamities that can befall anyone is the lack of a proper roof over one’s head. One of the first things I ask God was to bless me so that I could provide befitting roofs over my less fortunate people. I have been able to build 100 houses in Umuchukwu, which I handed over to beneficiaries free of charge. It might interest you to know that I don’t know most of the people I built houses for. All I did was to bring down thatched houses wherever I see one, and it would only take two weeks to build a modern five-bedroom house for the person.
Also, I had to go into the education sector. At that time, we didn’t have a primary school in my community, so I built both primary and secondary schools and hospitals and gave them to the church to manage. I built churches and homes for resident priests for both Anglican and Catholic churches. I built homes for our deceased monarch’s family as well as the current traditional ruler, and they are very happy about it.
I constructed a civic centre and over 100 km roads and bridges all around my community. Other projects I started and completed include: High Court complex with judges residential quarters; Magistrate Court; Police Station; Barracks for the Civil Defence personnel; two monasteries with chapels; standard community market; provision of transformers to boost electricity; and Recreation centres, among others too numerous to mention here. Why I built the courthouse was to decongest cases at Ekwulobia. Cases were not being dispatched fast, so I thought it wise to build a high court to ease the workload.
If I can do these on my own, with God, I will make Anambra the best place for people to live and achieve their potentials in Igbo land and Nigeria. I’m being reminded every day why I had to come home to liberate our people. I thank God Almighty that it is happening. I used to be an APGA sympathiser but was never a member. I watched them over the years and saw the trend of APGA taking Certificate of Return from people who won an election and giving them to some others. At that point, I was like “this is not happening”. That is one of the things that made me start looking into joining politics. At that point, I decided that the PDP was the next thing.
I joined PDP and when it was time, I declared my intention to become the next governor of Anambra State. I won the primary election going by the nominations. Anybody can check it out. I had the majority of the Ad-hoc statutory delegates because we have bonded. You know, they forgot that I have been a philanthropist for more than 20 years. So, I made sure that I continued my philanthropy using the statutory Ad-hoc delegates. I enlightened them on what I intend to do when I become governor.
Why then did you leave the PDP for the Accord Party if you won the primary election?
They swindled the whole process. However, one good thing that the PDP did for me was that I fought like hell to win the primary. That gave me the experience that I needed. When they swindled the whole process and denied me the ticket, I had to find another party so that I can fulfil my mandate. I joined the Accord Party because first, it is the number one party on the ballot paper, the winning party. Two, officials of the party are reputable individuals. By the way, almost all the political parties involved in this coming election approached me to join them but I discovered that Accord is a different kind of party. It is a clean party devoid of crisis and legal wrangling.
On my part, I have the reputation and arguably the most popular candidate for the governorship election. You can do your findings to prove me wrong. I am popular because nobody has done more for humanity in Anambra than me. My Motto is “Humanity First” and in everything I do, I put people first. That explains why the people followed me to the Accord Party. The people of Anambra are in favour of the Accord. Today, we have persons from APGA, PDP, APC, Action Alliance and other parties identifying with us, saying that they would follow me wherever I go.
What are your vision and plans for Ndi Anambra?
Over the past 20 years, I have used my God-given, hard-earned millions of dollars from my thriving medical practice in the USA, to develop my home town and Awka province, including assisting the state government in some important sectors without asking for any form of compensation. My achievements have shown that I have a vision for the ultimate greatness of Anambra and its people.
As a globally recognized professor and successful practitioner in the medical field, giving my people of Anambra the best health care service of a global standard is my priority. I have already laid the foundation for the greatest healthcare system ever seen in Nigeria, with the construction of the first phase of the international medical facility, a 17-storey glass building (first of its kind in Africa). After decades of empty promises by our politicians, Anambrarians still do not have access to functional and affordable healthcare services and many of our people die from preventable ailments and diseases.
The idea of medical tourism is aimed at improving the standard of healthcare delivery and boosting the revenue potentials of our state. As an expert in the medical field, I have plans of how I’m going to boost Anambra’s economy through medical tourism. The international medical research centre, when fully operational, will be the largest medical research centre in the whole of Africa, attracting key experts (foreign and indigenous). I will ensure that Nigerians stop travelling to India and other countries for medical treatments for life-threatening cases that affect the heart, liver, kidney, prostate, diabetes, etc.
Another area that I will bring influence to bear is the establishment of pharmaceutical industries. This will not only create jobs for well-qualified youths but will also be an effective measure in the battle against fake drugs especially in our state. With adequate legislation, I will subsidise the cost of getting standard healthcare for Ndi Anambra.
I will introduce a mechanized and non-mechanized farming system. We will dedicate more interest and time to facilitating prompt relief strategies in the science and art of cultivating plants and livestock. New farm and agricultural facilities shall be introduced for both public and private investment. Both youth and elders shall be encouraged by empowering them to maximize their farming and agricultural skills with loans or take-off grants. This system shall also be open to Youth Corps members exercising their mandatory service in the state.