By Dennis Agbo
The May 29 celebration in Enugu State is not just a showcase of the humble achievements of Governor Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in three years of administration but a testimony of the general acceptance of his style of administration by all segments of the state
It is an appreciation the governor’s humility in embracing and including all and sundry in the state regardless of political divides, status, beliefs or states of origin.
The celeberation is a reflection of democratic ethos, instilled by a man who believes in the judicious and equitable distribution of common resources for the good of all.
In his inaugural speech on May 29 2015, Ugwuanyi promised to work assiduously towards entrenching peace and good governance in the state as contained in his four-point agenda.
At that time, he did not anticipate the nation will slide into economic recession as it turned out, but despite the daunting economic challenges, the governor has been able to present himself as a visionary and grassroots leader through aggressive infrastructural development across the state.
He’s pasionate about the wellbeing of the lowly and less privileged in the society; the long neglected and abandoned in the rural communities, who he describes as the true heroes of democracy.
Consequently, the peoples’ governor constituted a committee on Enugu State Urban Renewal to review and identify locations that would witness infrastructural development as a matter of priority.
Emene, Abakpa Nike, 9th Mile Corner and Nsukka – a university town founded over half a century ago and the second largest town in the state, among other satellite towns, got the endorsement of the stakeholders of the state for the governor to commence their immediate development.
Three years into his administration, Governor Ugwuany; in spite of the state’s lean resources and its financial status as third from bottom of the federation allocation chart, was able to grab the bull by the horns in fulfillment of his promises to provide the dividends of democracy and create more urban centres to enhance rural development and boost economic activities in every corner of Enugu State.
Apart from regular payment of workers’ salaries even at the time 27 states could not pay and numerous achievements in other spheres of the economy, BudgIT report, listed Enugu, Lagos and Rivers as the only three states out of the 36 states of the federation that have fulfilled obligations to their workers.
The governor, in keeping with his inaugural address, within three months after his inauguration simultaneously flagged off construction and reconstruction of over eight massive road projects in 9th Mile Corner, Nsukka, Abakpa Nike and Emene, among others.
Also in line with its rural development agenda, his administration simultaneously executed 35 grassroots development projects across the 17 Local Government Areas of Enugu State.
The state-of-the art Enugu State Diagnostic Centre, the first of its kind in the South East was established to create hospital chains to make Enugu the preferred destination for receiving high quality and affordable healthcare delivery in the country.
The state has so far spent over N45 billion on road construction and rehabilitation across the state, covering about 300 kilometres. The roads are scattered in all nooks and cranny of the state.
The government also intervened on the rehabilitation of failed sections of federal roads in the state, such as in 9th Mile-Udi-Oji River-Ugwuoba-Anambra State Border by old road; Aguabor Interchange slip road to New Market roundabout Enugu with installation of solar powered street lights; Opi-Obollo Afor-Amalla road, among others.
On investment drive, the state Investment Summit, “Oganiru Enugu,” showcased the economic potentials of the state and wooed investors. Recently, a Chinese investment Company, Lion Business Park Limited, entered into a business engagement with the government to establish an industrial market.
As a government committed to the welfare of its civil servants, 100 lucky workers within grade levels 1 to 10 won one-bedroom flat each at Elim Estate, Enugu, through an open lottery system.
On empowerment, Gov. Ugwuanyi recently launched the repackaged widely cherished Enugu State Traders Empowerment Scheme designed to assist genuine traders in the state, who won the monthly open raffle draw with the sum of N50,000 each to grow their various businesses.
Determined to ensure that residents of Enugu enjoy adequate water supply, Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration injected millions of naira to rehabilitate, under emergency situation, the facilities at Ajali and Oji River Water Treatment Schemes.This decision resulted in the recent improvement in the supply of water in Enugu metropolis and its environs.