As Maclean Uranta Clocks 40…

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For Atuonengi, a little bright mind, life can only be better. Clean Maclean rose through life’s ranks to be who is now being celebrated especially considering his growing humanitarian gestures.

Born some 40 years ago, Bethel, as a growing child, followed his conviction about life which was to work hard and maintain good focus on his life’s ambition, the result of what we are witnessing today.

A comrade, reformer, humanitarian, advocate, administrator, playmaker, husband, politician, democrat, leader, astute engineer, Christian brother, noble Rotarian, socialite, crusader, bridge builder, fellow, aid sportsman, and exceptional diplomat. His life story has no shortcut as he grew from primary through ‘A’ Levels to the present status, so at 40, he has and is still paying his dues.

Hon. Maclean Bethel Uranta was born on the 20th of April in the year 1972 into the families of Late Bethel Aritom Captain Uranta and Mrs Henrietta Iwo Uranta all in Queen’s Town Community in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State.

He attended St John’s Primary School, Queen’s Town, thereafter he moved to Comprehensive Secondary School, Opobo Town. He later proceeded to the College of Arts and Science, Port Harcourt for his ‘A’ levels.

He eventually got admitted into the Rivers State University of Science and Technology to study Electrical Engineering Technology, while in the University he was President of the National Union of Opobo Students (UST Chapter). He was also the Secretary of the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vanguard of Opobo Nation (VON).

Following the advent of politics in 1998, Hon. Maclean Uranta pitched his tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he served as the Chairman of PDP in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area from 2000 – 2007.

Subsequently, upon his political dexterity, leadership and administrative acumen, he was eventually elected the Executive Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area in 2008. Following his leadership qualities for 3 years, the Opobo/Nkoro Legislative Assembly under the leadership of Hon. Atedo Sam Sam Jaja passed a vote of confidence on him to run for 2nd term election in 2011. The National Union of Opobo Students (RSUST) also passed a vote of confidence on him to run for 2nd term.

As a follow up, the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the leadership of the Vanguard of Opobo/Nkoro (VON) endorsed his candidature for 2nd term.

Thereafter, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) returned him as their flag bearer to run 2nd term in office and with the platform was re-elected into the Opobo/Nkoro LGA as the first Executive Chairman to serve 2nd term in office.

His administration has brought so many reforms which have given hope and aspirations to the people of the L.G.A.

His administration has brought so many developments such as:

The Miniangala Bridge I Queen’s Town, a three Star Hotel named Opubo Hotels Ltd, staff Quarters and Cars for Principal Officers, the New Council Secretariat, road linking Opobo Town and the new layout and Arch road from St Paul to Cookey’s compound, ONOLGA Transport Co-operation (brand new 10 NISSAN COASTER and TRIMOTOR OUT BOARD ENGINE BOATS, Water Scheme in the L.G.A. (Solar powered), power supply Wednesday 6pm-12pm and Weekend 6pm-6am across the L.G.A., Mortuary, Security. Renovated Police Headquarters in Opobo Town, paid WAEC and JAMB fees for our residence students in the L.G.A., organised Debate and Quiz competition between JS3 and SS3 students and also donated Wheel Chair and Clutches to a Polio infected patient in Queen’s Town community.

His landmark achievements have attracted many NGOs who spotted him out as an outstanding chairman in Nigeria which has earned him meritorious awards. Recently, he was honoured by Rajet Multiconcepts Nigeria with a National Pillars of Development Merit Award for his commitment and contributions to the society.

Hon. Maclean Bethel Uranta is a member of the Rotary family. He is a Paul Harry’s Fellow.

Hobbies:

He loves traditional dances and cultural display. Swimming, football, table tennis, driving, reading/watching movies, etc. Also engaged in other sports activities.

Hon. Maclean B. Uranta is married to Mrs Clara Maclean Uranta Nee Mac. Pepple and the union is bless with three (3) children (Solomon, Atemie and Daniela).

 

Ibinabo Ogolo