BY FRANCIS IGATA
PREVAILING peace, which hitherto eluded Enugu State at the inception of every transition since the advent of the Fourth Republic,is one of the conspicuous features of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration’s 100 days.
Other features include rural roads constructioae of war” clearly stands him out among his predecessors.
The peaceful stance adopted by the governor, fondly called Gburugburu (worldwide), appears to have set the template for turning around the economic fortunes of the state.
Ugwuanyi, who inherited a debt portfolio of over N60 billion from former Governor Sullivan Chime’s administration, indicated, in his inaugural speech, that urban and rural renewal is one of his major priorities towards alleviating the suffering of the people.
Noting that 60 per cent of the electorate live in rural areas, he announced, during his first tour, that Nsukka,9th Mile Corner and Abakpa-Ugwuogo-Nike roads would be rehabilitated to ease traffic and inject life in communities along the corridor.
To deliver on his promises, Ugwuanyi got the 2015 Appropriation Bill amended and the Enugu State House of Assembly passed into law the amended and revised version to include N9.878 billion presented to it by the governor.
Tagged: “Enugu State of Nigeria Amendment (revised) Appropriation Bill, 2015” as moved by the leader of the House, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, is to make way for internal re-allocation of resources in the existing budget of over N96.735 billion as passed by the previous administration.
Ugwuanyi, imbued with legislative trappings having served as a House of Representatives member representing Udenu/Igbo-Eze North Federal Constituency for 12 straight years, navigated through the murky waters of re-allocation of funds in the approved state budget which was the thrust of the moves to impeach Chime for alleged re-allocation of 2012 budget without House approval at the twilight of his tenure. The new projects are the construction of two kilometre Nike Road; construction of 3.6 kilometre Nike Lake Road; five kilometre Airport Roundabout/Orie Emene/Eke Obinagu road; two kilometre Okutu/Odoru road; 1.5 kilometre 9th Mile/Nsukka road and 9th Mile/Onitsha road By-pass; 10.8 kilometre Opi/Nsukka road; installation of street lights along Opi-Nsukka road and construction/rehabilitation of Nsukka Urban roads.
Determined to trigger economic activities especially in rural communities Ugwuanyi commissioned a power sub-station to supply electricity to communities in Udi, Uzo-Uwani and Igboetiti local councils of the State.
The convivial relationship struck by the executive and the legislature became unprecedented. This follows the haste with which the 2015 appropriation bill was revised to free funds for the executive to execute its programmes.
Bent on ensuring that the three arms of government function optimally,Ugwuanyi had within his first 30 days in office applied a soothing balm to the industrial action embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Enugu State chapter which led to the re-opening of the court after over six months of stand-off between them his predecessor, Chime.