Ugwuanyi’s ascendency and peoples’ verdict

The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, since inception, has transformed the development narrative of the state, both in the political and socio-economic realms. Despite the nation’s economic crunch, the administration has continued to vigorously take innovative measures aimed at addressing the needs of the masses – the lowly and long neglected – to ameliorate their sufferings and give them a sense of belonging as the true heroes of democracy. EID-EL-KABIR: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (standing, right) addressing the Muslim community in the state at the Central Mosque, Owerri Road, Enugu, during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, yesterday. This sound vision was borne out of the governor’s humble disposition, passion and uncommon zeal to build a peaceful,Ugwuanyi21-e1534880017218.jpg secure and prosperous Enugu State of the founding fathers’ dreams. In Enugu State today, it is on record that a lot has been achieved with the lean resources at the disposal of the man at the helm of the government – the Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Gburugburu). The landmark feat recorded so far ranges from provision of massive roads infrastructure across the length and breadth of the state, covering over 300 kilometers to other remarkable achievements and sundry interventions in the areas of health, education, empowerment, workers’ welfare, security, agriculture, investment promotion and socio-economic rebirth, among others. For instance, Enugu State under Gov. Ugwuanyi has become a reference point in the efficient management of resources and security operations in the country. Through the governor’s reforms in the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, his administration has witnessed an unprecedented growth in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), exceeding the 15 percent tax revenue to GDP benchmark suggested by the United Nations for the funding of budgets. Recently, Ugwuanyi’s proficient and unparalleled tax regime earned Enugu the enviable status of a solvent state which made it possible for his administration to pay workers’ salaries for June and July without the receipt of the Federal allocations then for the said months. The recent scholarship extended to 680 indigent students of engineering in Enugu State Polytechnic Iwollo and Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, respectively, which was ideologically conceived by the governor to promote the harnessing of the beneficiaries’ potentials for knowledge transfer, economic growth and self-reliance, will ever remain legendary and unparalleled in the annals of the state. In spite of the draught in the nation’s economy and the state’s lean resources, Gov. Ugwuanyi has continued to advance the course of development in the state, providing and maintaining the existing infrastructure to enhance the living standard of the people. The ‘One Community One Project’ programme, which was recently launched with the sum of N10 million each for all the 450 autonomous communities in the state to execute priority projects of their choice, has continued to yield the desired results, as communities that had never experienced any form of government presence now benefit, accordingly. Long neglected areas and communities, such as Amurri, Ngenevu, Eha Amufu, Iva Valley, Abakpa Nike, et cetera, have today being remembered with provision of quality road infrastructure and other facilities. Civil servants and pensioners of the state have continued to receive their salaries and pensions regularly on 23rd of every month, even without the receipt of federal allocation.

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