BY TONY EDIKE & BY CHINENYEH OZOR
….As Nsukka people laud him
Enugu—Enugu State governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime, has directed commissioners in the state to henceforth prepare and submit to the office of the Secretary to the State Government an annual performance assessment report of their ministries.
Chime gave the directive while addressing the opening ceremony of a two-day mid-term retreat for the State Executive Council, EXCO, members at Nike Lake Resort Hotels, Enugu.
He spoke through the Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, pointing out that the report would enable the government have a database of its activities in all the ministries and also identify new challenges and concerns for prompt attention.
He told the participants that the retreat was designed to provide them the opportunity to review government performances and see whether they were in line with existing plans for action.
In doing that Governor Chime said that all the commissioners are expected to present performance reports to enable government determine sector by sector and ministry by ministry where it had excelled and where it had failed to meet the expected targets.
He said that the retreat would help government identify those factors militating against the actualization of its objectives by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies and also map out strategies to address them, consolidate on its successes and make amends where necessary.
According to him, the would dwell on refining and refocusing the strategies for the implementation of government’s agenda in a manner that will enable it improve on its abilities and capacities and expand its resources to meet the key development needs of the people.
He therefore enjoined them to take the retreat with the high level of seriousness and to remain active in all the discussions.
Earlier in an interview, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo described the retreat as very timely as it would enable government remain focused in its effort to transform the state and better the lost of the people.
Nsukka people laud him
Meanwhile, the people of Nsukka in Enugu State have commended the state governor, Mr Sullivan Chime, on his declaration that it was the turn of the zone to produce the next governor of the state in 2015.
According to them, Chime’s declaration has shown that he is a man of honour.
This was contained in a statement by the Chairman of Nsukka Elders Cultural Forum, NECF, Chief Maximus Ukuta yesterday.
Ukuta was reacting to the just concluded Town Hall meeting in Enugu where Governor Chime informed the members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other stakeholders that it was the turn of Nsukka to produce his successor based on an internal arrangement of the party during the 2015 governorship election.
Ukuta said: “My people are over joyed that the Governor has kept this covenant and has shown that he is indeed a man of honour. Indeed a Statesman, who keeps his word”.
Chief Okuta, who convened series of meetings of the people of Nsukka to sensitise the various segments- the intelligentsia, business community and political leaders from the area, traced the indelible contribution of late Igwe Charles Abangwu towards the struggle.
He recalled that late Igwe Abangwu had the vision when he brought together all the Traditional Rulers of old Nsukka Zone and the entire Enugu State, to rally support for Governor Chime, insisting that the Governor had his second term in office.
Ukuta also commended the Governor for his support for the creation of Adada State as one of the additional states in Igbo land.
He emphasised that Adada State Movement, which was one of the oldest and suitably qualified both in land mass, mineral and human resources, had always topped the list of states’ agitation and ably positioned to be self sustaining, peaceful, and noted for its homogeneity and a food basket of the nation.
Ukuta lauded Governor Chime for constructing roads and creating a shorter routes from the university town of Nsukka to Enugu, via Opi, with work in earnest.
He also prayed for good health for the governor to enable him complete the good work he had begun since the last six years.