Rapid developmental strides in Enugu State under the administration of Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi have been rated outstanding and have received wide commendation within and outside the state. People from some other states of the federation have had causes to ask their governors to go over to Enugu State and see how Ugwuanyi is carrying out a massive infrastructure development programme across the state.
Enugu State is one of the few states in which the election results that brought him into office were never contested. Ugwuanyi is keen to reciprocate the high level of confidence of the people on his administration with his vision of making the state the economic hub east of the Niger. On his inauguration day as the governor of Enugu State, Ugwuanyi declared that the entire state is his constituency and therefore assured that development would be evenly spread.
So far, he has lived up to his standing commitment that no community will be left out in his administration’s drive for speedy development across the state. While many states were yet reeling in the pain of reduced federal revenue allocations in 2015, Ugwuanyi surprisingly flagged off a number of major development projects towards the end of the year.
These include the inauguration of a 2.5MVA injection sub-station at Ezi-Nze designed to supply electricity to communities in three local government areas, spur business activities there and also power the Adada Dam project as well as the Greater Nsukka Water Scheme. Others were the construction of Amankwo Ngwo through Eke Odudoto Ama Brewery Road, the reconstruction of an erosion devastated road at Abor–Nsukka Road and the repair and resurfacing of portions of Enugu- Ninth Mile Expressway.
Rehabilitation work at Nawfia Street in Independence Layout was also commissioned to ameliorate the suffering of the inhabitants of that area. From where has Ugwuanyi got the financial capacity to do all that he has accomplished in infrastructure development in Enugu State?
He said the secret lies in priority and prudence. He detracted from both federal and other state governments’ culture of pointing accusing fingers. Rather than keep complaining about what he lacks, the Enugu governor has done exploits with what he has. Enugu State is ranked among the few states in the country that promptly pay contractors handling different development projects in their respective domains.
This has made the execution of many development projects in the state largely hitch free. The state has no records of unpaid contractors or of projects abandoned.
After a physical inspection of Federal Government’s roads reconstructed by Ugwuanyi’s government, Minister of State for Works, Power and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, broke political party lines to shower commendations on the Enugu State government, asking other state governments to follow the example of Ugwuanyi on infrastructure development. Ugwuanyi has explored options for development of electric power projects, including a solar power plant at Udi to boost economic activities.
Development of reliable options for improved electricity supply in the state is a key strategy of his administration for revamping ailing industries. Roads are the principal means of movement of people and goods in Nigeria and therefore road development is of prior importance in the country.
A good road attracts attention because it represents a clear evidence of government’s developmental action. This explains why residents in Enugu State continue to hail Ugwuanyi for a new lease of life brought about by many road construction and other infrastructure development projects. Ugwuanyi seems to be the Moses of our time – a God-sent leader on a worthy mission to take his people to the state of economic development that has eluded the south-easterners for too long. Ikpeama write from Enugu
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