HON, MIKE IHEANETU (B.SC, PGD, M.SC, MNAP, FCAI)
Hon. Member representing Aboh Mbaise State Constituency
Hon. Mike Iheanetu aka Akwaa – Akwuru is a scion of the Royal Dynasty of HRH Eze Joseph Iheanetu Nwachukwu , the Ekwueme II of Okwuato Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area. He was born on the 15th of May, 1960.
Hon. Mike Iheanetu started his early school process at St. Patrick’s Primary School Eziulo Abakaliki through Nike Grammer School Enugu and ended at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, where he obtained his B.sc (Hon.) in Psychology. He later enrolled and obtained his Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Imo State University Owerri. He undertook other administrative courses and trainings including ADSCON Administrative Studies Badagry Lagos.
Akwaa – Akwuru had his tutelage in public office at Imo ADC Nekede as a clerk. In 1984, he did his National Youth Service with the University of Cross River State Uyo (Uniuyo). He was retained thereafter and taught Social Psychology briefly. In 1986, he became the Regional Manager of Imo State Lotteries. In 1987, he became Head of Political Education Department with MAMSER Imo State. He later rose to the position of Principal Orientation Officer before resigning to contest the election for Aboh Mbaise Local Government Chairman in 1996.
In 1980, Mike Iheanetu won election as Honourable member representing Zik’s Flat A Constituency in the House of Assembly Student Union, UNN. In 1981, he made history as the first non- Mass Communication student to win the position as a Public Relations/ Information Officer of the Student Union, UNN. In 1983, he was elected the National President of Nigerian Psychology Students Association. In 1996, Hon. Mike Iheanetu won election and worked as Local Government Chairman of Aboh Mbaise. As a political strategist, in 1998 he became the State Secretary of APP Imo State. In 2003, he decamped to The Peoples Democratic Party PDP and was appointed the Executive Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Youth Mobilization. In 2006, he became the State Director for Mass Mobilization in the Imo State Orientation Agency. As a grass root politician, Chief Iheanetu again got elected by the people of Aboh Mbaise in 2007 to represent their Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly. In 2012, when he lost his bid to come back to the Imo State House of Assembly for the second tenure, Akwaa – Akwuru was appointed Special Adviser to the Minister of State 1. for Foreign Affairs, Prof. (Mrs) Viola Onwuliri. In addition, Hon. Mike Iheanetu was appointed a Federal Commissioner representing South East in the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC. As an astute politician, Hon. Mike Iheanetu resigned both positions to contest again the House of Assembly for Aboh Mbaise State Constituency. The position he won to the admiration of all. Presently, Hon. Mike Iheanetu is the Minority Whip of Imo State House of Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Environment.
Hon. Mike Iheanetu is married to Mrs. Onyemma Mike Iheanetu and the marriage is blessed with three children.
Akwaa – Akwuru is highly rated in Tennis, Scrabble, Chess and football.
Akwaa – Akwuru is a celebrity of Standard Tennis Development Club, celebrity of Safari Recreation Club, patron Standard Tennis Development Club Owerri, patron Safari Recreation Club Owerri. He is the Akwaa – Akwuru Mbaise and the Ezinwa Ibeku.