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Ugwuanyi’s reelection and reality of good governance

Ugwuanyi’s reelection and reality of good governance

The post-election actions and inactions of Governor
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration in Enugu State in
sustaining the tempo of peace and good governance
have further demonstrated the governor’s sheer
dexterity, vision, passion and commitment to rapid
development of the state as well as the wellbeing of the
people.
Gov. Ugwuanyi who was overwhelmingly reelected
through an election adjudged as one of the most
peaceful and transparent exercise in the nation’s
history, has remained grateful to God and residents of
Enugu State for His abundance of grace and the
people’s unceasing prayers, show of solidarity, goodwill
and support. The governor saw the people’s love and
support as a re-investment of their trust and faith in his
administration to render more selfless service.
The renewed mandate was therefore, a veritable
platform to continue to reward them with good
governance as the true heroes of democracy.
Consequently, Gov. Ugwuanyi in his acceptance speech
pledged “to devote our energy and time to work hard for
the wellbeing and prosperity of all our people”, declaring
that “now is the time to get back to work”. He
reaffirmed his resolve to continue to serve with the fear
of God to improve the lives of the people and lift the
state to unprecedented heights of development and
progress.
Shortly after his reelection, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who had
earlier paid 'Thank-you visits' to markets and streets of
Enugu, returned to the streets on a post-contract
inspection of roads such as the old UNTH road, Enugu,
Ogidi Street and Onyeama lane in Asata, Enugu,
preparatory to immediate rehabilitation and
reconstruction. He also inspected the ongoing
reconstruction of Carter Street, Asata, Enugu, which was
awarded by his administration during the pre-election
period, as well as the erosion menace at Okwuosa
Bridge, Ogui, Enugu, where he promised a swift
intervention.
A few days after, contracts for execution of the
inspected projects and many others, such as the zonal
secretariat annex at Nsukka town and additional works
at Nkwo Inyi-Akpugoeze-Mamu Forest road in Oji River
Local Government Area and Nike Lake junction -
Harmony Estate road – Amorji Nike - Adoration
Pilgrimage centre (Phase one), were awarded, totaling
over N1.1 billion.
Also in the post-election moves, the Ugwuanyi
administration awarded multiple contracts for the
construction/reconstruction of urban and rural roads
and 263 classroom blocks including the purchase of two
Hilux vans for effective monitoring and supervision of
the projects.
Approval was also given for the construction of a state-
of-the-art administrative building of the Enugu State
University of Education in Ihe, Awgu Local Government
Area. The foundation-laying of the first university of
education in the entire South East geopolitical zone was
performed by Gov. Ugwuanyi a few days ago, amid
jubilation and excitement.
The state government during the period under review
also approved the purchase of 22,150 set of lockers and
chairs for students; 1,228 set of tables and chairs for
the teachers; 1, 130 marker boards for teaching and
1,960 ceiling fans for conducive learning environment.
Other development projects that received the approval of
the government for “better urban, inter-local government
and community road infrastructure”, include, Aludele
road, Nsukka; Bishop’s Court road, Awgu; Access road
to Igbo Ano Specialist Hospital, Igbo Ano, and failed
culvert, pavement and surfacing at Onuiyi road, Nsukka
adjacent to Zik’s residence.
Still on infrastructure, the state government equally
gave approvals for the “engineering studies and design”
of Oji River and Nsukka modern township stadia for
Enugu West and Enugu North Senatorial Districts
respectively, pre-contract documentations for the
construction of state secretariat annex at Nsukka
satellite town which has been duly awarded for
construction, and recruitment of 52 personnel for the
State Fire Service to man the five newly built stations
across the three senatorial districts of the state, for
efficient and effective discharge of duties.
It is on record that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration few
weeks to the general election awarded N1.4 billion
worth of contracts for the rehabilitation/reconstruction
of One Day Road, Awkunanaw, Enugu; Construction of
Phase II of Nike Lake junction - Harmony Estate road -
Amorji Nike - Adoration Pilgrimage Centre (road works);
Rehabilitation of Kenyatta Market road/failed sections/
potholes/Onah street, Enugu; Rehabilitation of Umumba
Ndiagu-Ebenebe road (phase one), Ezeagu LGA.
Others include, the reconstruction of Amankwo -
Amaeke Ngwo - Ama Brewery junction road (Bypass);
Extension of Amalla-Orba- Orie Orba -Eke Ovoko-
Ovoko junction road, and Rehabilitation of Pocket
Layout internal roads, Independence Layout, Enugu, etc.
All these projects, which are ongoing, were in keeping
with the governor’s commitment to full implementation
of the 2019 budget to advance the cause of
development in the state for the wellbeing of the people.
Recently, Enugu State came second in the list of the five
most reformed states in ease of doing business in the
country that were rewarded by the Federal Government
at the Presidential Enabling Business Environment
Council (PEBEC) Awards 2019.
The impressive rating of the state attracted
commendations from the Minister of Industry, Trade and
Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, and the National
President of Nigerian Association of Chambers of
Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA),
Iyalode Alaba Lawson, at the opening ceremony of the
30th Enugu International Trade Fair.
The duo commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for his
administration’s innovative measures and steadfastness
in enhancing the ease of doing business in the state.
On the journey so far, the World Bank Ease of Doing
Report in 2014 ranked Enugu State 27 out of the 36
states plus the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja on
“where it is easy to start a business and where it is
not.”
On his assumption of office in 2015, Gov. Ugwuanyi,
promised to ensure a significant increase in the state’s
rating through innovations and far-reaching reforms and
transformation of the commercial environment,
institutions, regulations, policies, processes and
programmes that affect ease of doing business in the
state.
The consequential effect of the initiatives was the
quantum leap of the state’s rating from 27th position in
2014 to 3rd in 2018 by the World Bank Ease of Doing
Business Index.
According to the organizers of the PEBEC Award, Enugu
State came second behind Kaduna State for improving
its score from 48 to 56.82 by making it easier for
business ventures, especially micro, small and medium
enterprises, to start a business, register property and
enforce contracts.
Not too long ago, Enugu State was singled out and
praised for its resilience, consistency and commitment
to sustainable reforms and innovations, at the two-day
workshop organized by the South East Governors Forum
to review the region’s performance on ease of doing
business and also appreciate reforming states.
From the foregoing, Gov. Ugwuanyi’s sustained tempo
of rapid development of the state after his reelection,
his administration’s outstanding performance in the
2018 World Bank Ranking vis-à-vis the recent
prestigious award by PEBEC, the commendations from
various institutions and relevant stakeholders, and the
existing peace in the state, among others are eloquent
testimony to the reality of good governance in Enugu
State.
These discernible acts of good governance signpost a
great deal of vision, innovations, peace, even
development, accountability, transparency and
proficiency in the next tenure, laced with utmost passion
and commitment to the wellbeing of the people and
unprecedented growth of the state.
Now that it has ended in praise and the good works
have continued, the onus is on the people to remain
steadfast in their unceasing prayers and unwavering
support for the high performing governor for his
administration to do more in the coming tenure. Enugu
State is truly in the hands of God

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