THE EDUCATOR - July 30 2018



By Hon. Chukwudi Fred Ezinwa, Executive Chairman, Ezeagu LGA

At the inception in office as the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as a man who fear God and love peace believe that peace remain the bedrock to achieve meaningful development in the state. And there is very much need to change the political behavour, ideology and understanding of the people and politicians through peaceful coexistence.

Governor Ugwuanyi knowing full well the politics of Enugu State, and very much determined to bring the much desired development in the state without wasting time hit the nail at the head by bringing all the stakeholders, Elder-statesmen, political office holders in the state and even the opposition parties into one umbrella to reach a better understanding for the development of the state. Today, that move by a man of peace has paid off and writes the name of Enugu State in gold. Enugu is named the most peaceful state in the country.

The harmonious relationship that exists between the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, other senators, House of Rep. Members, Deputy Governor, House of Assembly members Local Government Chairmen, members of the state Executive is excellent.

With his clear vision for the people of Enugu State, Governor Ugwuanyi extends hands of fellowship; build mutual co-operation and understanding as well as giving everyone the sense of belonging irrespective of party affiliation.

There are some states where their Governors made themselves lord, but Governor Ugwuanyi never toes that part. Rather he chooses to listen to everybody and carry everyone along. Though as an Executive Governor, he can chose to take his decision and it stands. But he never does that, rather he seeks opinions, contributions of every relevant stakeholders in any issue in the state.

It could be recall that there was a time in Enugu State when the relationship between political office holders was in a sour state. Politicians could not freely visit one another. It became a taboo for a Local Government Chairman or House of Assembly Member to visit their Senator or House of Rep. Member. It was all through political tussle between the state and Abuja Politicians which undoubtedly caused breach of peace in the state.

The level of development so far in Enugu State under the administration of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi could not have been achieved without his concerted effort to lay a good foundation for peaceful environment, cooperation and understanding among the political elites both within and outside the state.

Investors are now trooping in because they see the state as save heaven for investment. Insecurity and youth restiveness is reduced to the lowest minimum. Political unrest has become a thing of the past. Traders, business men and women now has every reason to rejoice because Governor Ugwuanyi has been the only governor that has extended his good gestures to the business class by introducing trader's empowerment in all the markets, by so doing created the enabling environment for business to strive.

Surprisingly, he has been the only Governor that paid salary without Federal Allocation making Enugu State great in the eyes of other states of the Federation.

Like a preacher said, why Governments failed and never leave to the expectation of the people  is as a result of inability of the leaders to make God the head of that their administration, But the case was total different for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Realising that God is the supreme Governor and there is absolutely nothing he can achieve as a human, Governor Ugwuanyi at the inception in Office completely hand over Enugu State in the hand of God, and no doubt, coming to Enugu you will be fully convinced  that Enugu is really in the hand of God. His relationship with religious organisations and their leaders in the state has been so wonderful, and they are testifying to that, giving praise to God for giving Enugu State a man like Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

What can we say to man who have done all these, than to say thank you and pledged our unalloyed support to his good administration.
Long live Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi! Long live Enugu State and Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria!