Now, talking of one of the political appointments that has been tagged 'ridiculous' by critics. After reading through the Veteran Comedian, Uche's interview on Imo state blog addressing the issue, and I realised Its not a laughing matter as I had thought. Appointing him as special adviser on Entertainment would have sounded more serious than Chief Comedian Of The state. If we are to go by what he stated on his role as Chief Comedian.
Check out excerpts from the interview
Q: Your appointment as Special Assistant in the State came under scruitiny with the Portfolio as Chief Comedian in the
State. Could you enlighten us on
your Office as Chief Comedian of the State?
A: As you know, the Entertainment
industry cannot do without Comedy so, I see myself as the only representative of the Entertainers in the State Executive council. The office of the Chief Comedian is a representation of the Entertainment
industry in the State Executive Council.In this position, I am saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the Entertainment Industry in Imo state
is revived. That particular area has been dead for quite a long time. We are
doing our best to to bring in Private investors from within and outside the
Country to see ways we could take Entertainment in the State to the next
Q:What are some of the notable highlights of your First week in office?
A:I started off with a tour of the State Capital to ascertain the true situation
of things. I visited a number of Entertainment places owned by the State
Government. Recently, I inspected the AMA J . K recreation Park and was
saddened by the condition of the place. It is almost in shambles. I started out with AMA J K recreation Park because it
is at the center of the State Capital and has potentials to generate income for the State.
Q: Could you give an insight to some of the Projects you envision to achieve
in reviving the Entertainment Sector?
A:To start, we are going to build Comedy Corners around the State capital. I have also had talks with some Private investors towards the project for an Amusement park.I am also proposing a name Change. This is a Rescue Mission and when you want to be rescued, you must be ready to be renamed. In fulfilling the plans I have for the Entertainment sector, I wouldnt want to depend on funds from the State Government. That has been my promise from day one. Apart from AMA J.K recreation park , I observed that
there was also another piece of land that the former Government intended to build a Park on . We will take over from
where they left off and build a Park specifically for the Kids because that
has been a gap in the Entertainment industry in the State. The kids do not
have a play spot. You find that on Weekends, parents would take their
Children to neighbouring States when we can create the same structures here.
It is time for us to give the Children a sense of belonging. I want to go on
record to state that the IMO AMUSEMENT PARK is going to be the center of
attraction for all Children in the State and beyond and, that would be one of the legacies I would be remembered for.His
Excellency has asked for me to draft a proposal and submit to him for his Perusal. That, I will do in less
than 48 hours from now.
Q:What do you make of this opportunity to serve the State?
A: I am seeing this particular portfolio as the only opportunity I have in
life to prove myself. Should there be any other opportunity, I wouldnt mind.
I am not looking for anything higher than this but if it comes my way, Glory
be to God.With the confidence and trust reposed in me by the State Government, I dont have any reason to fail. I want to assure all the citizens home and abroad that , the Lost Glory of Imo State is about to be retrieved.I can confidently state that the office of the Chief Comedian of
the State and Special Assistant to the Governor is one that will be most
successful. At the breifing we had on Sunday with the Chief of Staff, I reassured His Excellency who was also present that, in 90 days he will be marvelled at the progress in the State as far as Entertainment is concerned.