By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI-The Administration of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, in the last 100 days has pursued policies that will ensure unity and harmony of the various zones and stakeholders of the state.
When the government came on board, the economic situation facing the state was laid bare before the people and stakeholders at town hall meetings, so that every one could be carried along in the provision of democracy dividends at all levels of governance.
Umahi began by carrying out a critical analysis of all the contracts awarded by the last administration with a view of ensuring completion of the projects.
Through appointments Governor Umahi made efforts to tackle the issue of marginalization and equity. His appointment of Professor Ben Odo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA as the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, elicited a lot of commendations from different quarters in the state.
To give a face-lift to the state capital in terms of development, the Governor awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of 10 urban roads which are on-going. The roads include Nkaliki, Gunning and Meat Market among others.
Also, the state government also awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of existing street lights in the state as some sections have been completed.
The government also commenced the overhaul of the Ministries, Department and Agencies with the aim of making them vibrant, economically viable and productive, especially as it concerns raising the Internally Generated Revenue of the state above what it was during the last administration.
The environment in Abakaliki, the state capital is now wearing a new look following ongoing massive tree planting, demarcation of roads and the markets. The state Ministry of Environment has embarked on intense monitoring and supervision of major roads and streets against indiscriminate dumping of refuse and disorderly packing of vehicles.
In a chat with newsmen, the state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Dr. Emmanuel Onwe, expressed the determination of the administration to give a face-lift to the state and provide democracy dividends to the people.
On fight against corruption, the state government also stressed its commitment to continue to dialogue with those recently indicted by the State House of Assembly over alleged embezzlement of over N1.3 billion naira belonging to the local councils in the state.
So far, the relationship between the legislature and the executive arms of government has been cordial.