‘This is indeed the best time to be the governor of Enugu...

‘This is indeed the best time to be the governor of Enugu State’ – Governor Ugwuanyi

Ifeanyi Ugwuani (Photo Credit: First Weekly Magazine)

The Michael Okpara Square and the people of Enugu State was agog as the the new Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi took his oath of office before he urged the people to tighten their belts in the face of declining allocations from the federation’s account.

An elaborate ceremony with every nook and cranny of the square hoisting colourful apparels showcasing the  new governor and his deputy’s portraits, took place as the former Governor, Barr. Sullivan Iheanacho Chime handed over to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ifeanyi Uguwanyi as the dully elected Governor.

The new governor described his administration as a “Seamless continuity and consolidation,” while stating that he would ensure the “good works” of his predecessor would be upheld.

He went further to enumerate the areas in which his government intends to pay apt attention to, in oprder to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the Coal City state.

Ugwuanyi ascertained that the sharp downfall in the state’s revenue was owing to the fall in the price of crude oil and that it would present a major challenge in his administration.

However, he vowed to rise up to the challenge whilst noting that the harsh times occasioned by the reduced revenue “is the best period to be the governor” of the state.

He called on the people to tighten their belts.

He pledged to lead through showing examples in the ‘belt tightening’ adjustments by running a “lean” and efficient government.

“We must bear in mind that the resource flow has nosedived due to the decline in oil prices.
“A friend told me that ‘you are becoming governor at a very bad time.’
“But I told him that this is indeed the best time to be the governor of Enugu State – if Theodore Roosevelt can lead the United States of America out of the Great Depression, and Barack Obama was able to lead the country out of economic recession, we can also do it.
“I call on the people of Enugu State to tighten your belts but tightening of belt will start with the government.
“All revenue generating agencies must get ready to remit to the state government – tax defaulters would no longer be counted as friends of Enugu State Government,” Governor Ugwuanyi said.
Areas which Uguwanyi highlited he would focus on, include; Agriculture, Provision of critical infrastructure, Healthcare, Rural development, Investment promotion, Education, Security and Human Capacity Development.
The former Governor, Barrister Sullivan Iheanacho Chime pleaded on party chieftains and other supporters to refrain from pestering Ugwuanyi with requests for favours.

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