By Tony Edike
ENUGU – GOVERNOR Sullivan Chime of Enugu state has flagged of the centenary anniversary celebration of Enugu with the unveiling of the centenary logo and lighting of the centenary torch at a colourful ceremony in Enugu.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Chime said the government intends to use the100 years anniversary to showcase the new Enugu, which has witnessed great transformation since the inception of his administration over two years.
He said when his government came on board in 2007, â€œwe met a mountain of challenges, which we have studiously confronted, ranging from infrastructure collapse, poor city sanitation, insecurity, incapacitated transportation system and many moreâ€.
According to him, the government discovered though sadly that if drastic actions were not taken â€œwe were at the brink of losing our dear city hence our aggressive approach to urban renewal and our effort to make Enugu a modern city.â€
The Governor noted with gladness that the efforts to renew, reclaim, recreate and restore Enugu were yielding fruit, adding that millions of people who had turned their back on the city are now returning home, leading to a boom in the hospitality industry.
He, however, thanked the Chairman of the Centenary Committee, Chief Nnia Nwodo and other members for the wonderful work they are doing not only to give Enugu a befitting celebration but to leave behind monuments that will outlive the celebrations.