By Emeka Mamah
ENUGU—Governor of Enugu State, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has lamented the poor economic situation in the country following dwindling oil revenue, saying that the sustenance of the state was in the hands of God.
Ugwuanyi lamented that it was now difficult to pay workers’ salaries, let alone embark on development projects.
He spoke, yesterday, during the thanksgiving mass/reception held in honour of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, by the people of Nkanu at the Catholic Assumption Church, Nkwo Nike.
Ugwuanyi pointed out that in the recent past, states enjoyed money from excess crude account, adding that the situation was now the opposite as the states were asking for bail- out from the Federal Government to pay salaries.
He expressed optimism that despite the murky economic fortunes, Enugu State would prosper.
Ugwuanyi said that his optimism was based on the prayers for the success of his administration by the people of the state even as he promised to rule with the fear of God.
“We must work in Enugu State with the fear of God. Always put us in your prayers. Put us in your prayers and we shall succeed,” he said.
Earlier in his sermon on the occasion, the officiating priest, Monsignor Patrick Ugwu had commended Ugwuanyi for his care for the poor and the needy and urged him to continue with his good works.