By Levi Odogwubueze
The people of Ozom in Aguobu-Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State recently presented “Ofo” to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi “as a symbol of support and endorsement for His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his Deputy, Her Excellency, Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo for 2019”.
The people, who came out in their numbers made the presentation during a well attended reception for the governor and their illustrious daughter, Mrs. Ezeilo, saying that the decision was in appreciation of the governor’s sterling performance in office, which has entrenched good governance in the state in spite of the current economic recession in the country.
They added that it was a unanimous decision of all and sundry, namely: members of the Igwe Cabinet, Town union, the clergies, village heads, age grades, women groups, captains of industries, indigenes in the Diaspora, among others, stressing that “Gov. Ugwuanyi has restored peace and good governance in Enugu State”.
Speaking at the rich and colourful event, which was also graced by notable leaders of the state such as the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, the member representing Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Dennis Amadi, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Augustine Nnamani, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Festus Uzor and a host of others, the President General of Ozom community, Hon. Kingsley Okolo, in his welcome address, stated that the governor has demonstrated practical love and upliftment of the community through the appointment of their daughter as his deputy and the execution of numerous people-oriented development projects in the area.
“Our people thereby reached a resolution to endorse you (governor) and support the party (PDP) that has done a lot for Ozom community”, the President General added.
The Traditional Ruler of Ozom Aguobu-Owa, His Royal Highness, C.C Afamefuna, who presented the “Ofo” to the governor, said that “the presentation of the “Ofo” is a symbol of our support and endorsement of Gov. Ugwuanyi and his deputy for 2019 governorship election in Enugu State as well as a demonstration of our appreciation for the cordial working relationship between Governor Ugwuanyi and his deputy, Mrs. Ezeilo (our illustrious daughter)”.
Also speaking at the event, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ekweremadu, applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for his outstanding achievements in office despite the current economic challenges in the country, especially as it concerns massive road construction, rural development, prompt payment of workers’ salaries, among others.
Senator Ekweremadu who described Gov. Ugwuanyi as a man of peace and trust, said he is God-sent to the people of Enugu State, adding that the governor deserves the support and endorsement of the people of the community and the entire State at large.
“We are grateful to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the good governance which he has brought to bear in our dear State and for the commendable working relationship between you and your deputy. The speedy delivery of dividends of democracy to our people is as a result of the trust and deep understanding you have for each other. Your peace initiatives have normalized the political atmosphere in the state and we thank you for this”, the Deputy President of the Senate said.
Adding his voice to the verdicts, a PDP Chieftain from Udi Local Government Area, Chief Livinus Okolo said: “Judging by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s performances, there is nothing too much for him and his deputy in terms of showing appreciation and support. Gov. Ugwuanyi is the people’s governor and a man of the people.
His administration distributes development projects evenly across the 17 Local Government Councils of the State. He equally came first in the utilization of bailout fund among the 36 states in Nigeria. What he is doing in Enugu State is very laudable irrespective of the fact that the state is receiving very lean allocation from the federation account. His government is transparent as well as frugal in the management of the lean resources”.
The Deputy Governor in her speech thanked the people of her community for the solidarity, goodwill, support and endorsement for Gov. Ugwuanyi. She also appreciated the governor for the cordial working relationship existing between two of them and pledged to remain loyal and supportive to his administration, noting that “Ofo” symbolizes peace, love and authority.
In his response, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked the people of the community for their endorsement and unalloyed support for his administration since its inception and promised to continue to work with the fear of God to render selfless service to the people of the state.
The governor urged the people to continue to remember him and his administration in prayers so that all the efforts and vision of the government to bring more good governance and sustainable development in all sectors of the economy, despite the daunting economic challenges in the country, will be actualized.