… as Sen. Utazi’s gets community’s nod for second term
Ahead of 2019 general election, the people of Enugu West Senatorial District, have opted to purchase the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship nomination form for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in reconfirmation of their earlier endorsement of the governor’s re-election.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Prof. Ike Ekweremadu, who is the Senator representing the District in the National Assembly, conveyed the unanimous decision of the zone to Gov. Ugwuanyi at the inauguration of Gburugburu Movement Awgu Local Government Area and endorsement rally/civic reception in honour of the governor by the enthusiastic people of the council, who defied heavy rains to participate in the rich and colorful event.
Senator Ekweremadu reassured Gov. Ugwuanyi of “the total support of the entire Enugu West Senatorial District”.
The Deputy Senate President added that nobody from the district would contest against the governor, stressing that he has performed creditably well in office; entrenched peace, security and political stability in the state, and deserves a second term, accordingly.
It would be recalled that the people of Enugu North Senatorial District had in their recent endorsement rally for Gov. Ugwuanyi, equally agreed to purchase his party’s nomination form, in appreciation of his remarkable achievements in office.
In a related development, the people of Nkpologu in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, hometown of the Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, also at a civic reception in honour of Gov. Ugwuanyi unanimously endorsed him for a second term in office for his unprecedented achievements in the state.
The jubilant people of the community said the governor deserves a second term in office, stating that despite the fact that Enugu State is “being classified among the weak states in terms of revenue base” , the governor through his sheer dexterity and administrative ingenuity has placed the state “high among the high earners in internally-generated revenue, as the FIRS recently acknowledged”.
In an address delivered on behalf of the people of Nkpologu by Sir. Ofordile Okafor, SAN, the community added that in spite of the state “being in the lower rungs of beneficiaries from the Federation account, Governor Ugwuanyi has ensured that salaries are paid before the 25th day of every month, a no mean achievement, in an economy struggling to stay afloat”.
According to the community, “While other states are retrenching and reducing their workforce, Governor Ugwuanyi is employing, especially teachers and specialized services, to improve the quality of the personnel in the service delivery sectors of the state”.
The people also appreciated the governor for his educational policies, which they said ensured “the return of the multi-campus structure of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology to Nsukka and Nkpologu”, pointing out that he has also carried out massive infrastructural developments across the nooks and crannies of the state.
While at Awgu L.G.A, Gov. Ugwuanyi, amid jubilation inaugurated the ultra-modern civic centre in Enugu-Echi Ihe, Awgu Local Government Area, constructed with the first tranche of N5 million each recently released to the 450 autonomous communities in the state to execute development project of their choice.
Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration recently launched a grassroots development programme tagged “one community, one project”, which earmarked N10 million for each community in the state to carry out a project of their choice according to their peculiar needs to ensure that there is government presence in all the communities in Enugu State.
The ultra modern civic centre in Ihe was constructed with the first tranche of N5 million of the N10m.
Presenting the civic centre to the governor for inauguration, the traditional ruler of Ihe community, HRH Igwe Godwin Ekoh said the project is “the first of its kind” and “a vista to the avalanche of both realized and realizable development that the good government of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has engendered in Enugu State since its inception”.
Igwe Ekoh added that the people of Enugu-echi Ihe prior to the the construction of the civic centre lacked a place of gathering and hosting of community activities, expressing delight that the “priority project” has provided solution to the need of the people.
“It is a symbol of real and appreciable infrastructure that sprout and span the length and breadth of the state since Gov. Ugwuanyi took over the helm of affairs of Enugu State. It is a perfect example of promise fulfilled by a responsible and responsive government”, Igwe Ekoh said.
The monarch also commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for his administration’s grassroots development initiatives aimed at opening up the rural areas for all round economic growth as well as providing the basic needs of the dwellers.
According to him, “When His Excellency made the promise to make available N10m (in two tranches) to the 450 autonomous communities in Enugu State for developmental projects, it sounded too good to be true. Today, we are witnesses to the fulfillment of this promise which has translated into tangible projects across Enugu State”.
Expressing gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for the “milestone” feat, Igwe Ekoh noted that the governor has not only advanced development in the rural areas but has also accelerated his dynamics and prospects for urbanization.
He said: “We are therefore overjoyed to receive the man of the moment. The man behind the accelerated development of Awgu, the brain behind the peace in the state and the architect of the transformation of Enugu State and the incoming governor come 2019, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”.
Inaugurating the project, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked the Royal Father and his subjects for the vision in constructing the event centre with the first tranche of N5 million recently released to them and reassured of more development projects that would address their peculiar needs.