By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU– AHEAD of the 2019 general elections, Professors from Udi and Ezeagu local government areas in Enugu State have unanimously endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for a second term in office.
The university dons described Ugwuanyi’s second term as the only way to sustain the ‘amazing tempo of development and good governance’ that the Governor had established in the State.
The professors who are operating under the auspices of Udi Professors Association of Nigeria, made their position known when they paid a solidarity visit to the Governor at the Government House Enugu.
Speaking of behalf of the group of academics, Professor Ike Oluka, the Chairman of the Association, said they were impressed with the performance of the Governor.
Oluka commended Ugwuanyi for high level of peace and security in the State as well as the prompt and regular payment of workers’ salaries, which have brought stability in the education sector, such that no staff or student industrial unrest were recorded since he assumed duty as Governor.
He thanked the Governor for utilizing the bailout funds to support state-owned tertiary institutions, especially the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), and others.
The professors however urged Governor Ugwuanyi to pay serious attention in his second term, to the creation of industrial parks in the state, as a way of creating employment for the state’s teeming population of youths.
Professor Oluka described the association’s endorsement of the Governor for a second term as unique and unprecedented, pointing out that it was the first time that university professors in the state were coming together to endorse a serving Governor despite diverse political orientations.
In his response, Governor Ugwuanyi thanked the professors for their support and endorsement, saying he was encouraged by their courage and candour.
The Governor eulogized Nigerian professors and used the opportunity to challenge them to use their research experience to attract grants to complement the development efforts of the state government.
Ugwuanyi remarked that special centres, such as malaria control, kidney, heart among others, could be attracted to the state through research grants.
The Governor pledged to bring some of the academics and technocrats into his administration to enhance the actualization of government’s vision for the state.
He however urged academics in the state to be ready at all times, to lend their assistance to the government through the development of useful memos and papers that would prompt or guide the policies of government.
Among the members present were former ESUT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ikechukwu Chidobem, Professors O.C. Iloeje, F. C. Eze, Agu Gab Agu, Chike Anibeze and Osmond Ene.