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Ugwuanyi has performed above average - Prince Nnah

Ugwuanyi has performed above average - Prince Nnah

Prince Nnah Marcel Chukwuemeka, a politician cum businessman, spoke on contemporary political issues in the South East and concludes that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has so far, per­formed exceedingly well. ABBANOBI-EKU ONYEKA reports. Excerpts:
What is your assessment of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi so far?
Governor Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi has positively proved to be different, because the essence of governance is for the man who steers the ship to put in his best and leave behind positive legacies at the end of his tenure. From the giant strides so far recorded by Gov. Ugwuanyi, it shows clearly that his predecessor, Barr. Sul­livan Chime, made a very dis­tinct and credible choice for the people of Enugu state by bring­ing on board the great achiever we have today in the name of Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. In fact, Ugwuanyi became victorious in that election even before the elec­tion date due to his past achieve­ments at the National Assembly, in constituency and community development and other places he had worked.
However, no matter how well one may have performed, critics must still find one thing or the other against that person which is normal in a democracy. Even at that, his critics are today hailing him for his sterling performances which shows clearly that he has recorded several achievements, even beyond expectation.
Can you be precise on some of these achievements?
Ugwuanyi is the first governor of Enugu state who ever remem­bered people that were cut off economically, socially and other­wise by constructing the forgot­ten Inyaba Ndemnde bridge that connects several communities in Amagunze, Nkanu East Lo­cal Government Area and also the Ebonyi River bridge in Ikem, Isiuzo Local Government Area. These twin projects alone have in no small measure boosted peo­ple’s admiration of him. He has equally done well in the areas of education and health sectors. He has completed several other proj­ects among which were the con­struction and completion of the much talked-about 9th Mile by-pass. I wish that you would have the time to visit the place and see how the governor’s intervention permanently resolved the terrible traffic hold-up at the place. Also the dualisation of the Opi - Nsuk­ka and Obolo roads are landmark achievements. Similarly, the con­struction of the Egede junction road in Udi Local Government Area and numerous serious in­tervention on federal roads which hitherto collapsed in the state.
It is also gratifying to acknowl­edge that the governor has relo­cated the Enugu State Technical College to its permanent site in Awgu; launched a program for the empowerment of the very poor and rural traders under the Enugu State Empowerment Scheme through which he assist­ed such indigent traders with N60 million to support their business­es, among numerous completed and on-going projects.
What did your Agba Umana people get from his government?
My community, Agba Umana is one of the communities that has benefited immensely. Before his inception as a governor, the water reservoir in my community had been very bad and beyond usage. But when he came on board, he came to our rescue and the res­ervoir has since been restored. The reservoir I am referring to is not such a small one, that a com­munity can just take up and fix. Knowing the value of water to people in a community, he took it up and my people are now enjoy­ing free flowing clean water as a major dividend of democracy.
Also, it is in his time that the dormant electricity project in Agba Umana, my community was commissioned. In fact there are several projects scattered across several communities in the three senatorial districts of the state of which I have mentioned some communities earlier.
Can you draw any comparism with his predecessors: Dr. Chi­maroke Nnamani and Barr. Sul­livan Chime?
I want us to recall that the duo were in office when the economy wasn not in a mess. The present federation allocations are noth­ing compared with what obtained before Gov. Ugwuanyi took over office. Chimaroke Nnamani and Sullivan Chime did their best while they held office as gover­nor, but Ifeanyi Ugwuanyj came on board when the country was undergoing serous economic re­cession and still, he was able to manage the meagre resources at his disposal prudently, recording jiant strides.
There is something I want you to note, even as the mega revenue receiving states were battling to pay workers salaries some time last year, Ugwuanyi had been paying salaries and in addition, flagged off 35 new projects and was also diligently paying con­tractors, civil servants and re­tirees as at and when due. What more need I say? Do we also note the level of security in the state? Nobody is afraid anymore unlike sometime in the past and life is bubbling in all parts of the state. I must say the governor is doing very well and we all need to en­courage him.
Why resort to praise singing. Are you not looking for favours?
You have the right to think like that, but pregnancy is never hid­den from the public. I am not looking for anything, I am only saying what I know to be the truth. The governor’s achieve­ments are so conspicuous to the extent that he is rated to be among the governors to have served the state very creditably by most communities and personali­ties within and outside the state in the area of resource management.
But some people criticise his ap­proach to the handling of the massacre of citizens of the state by Fulani herdsmen, especially at Nimbo in Uzo-uwani Local Government Area?
The Governor did the right thing during that particular ugly incidence and other such inci­dences. It is on record that the Governor was the first state chief executive to immediately rush to the Aso Rock to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari and to register his grievances. Be­cause of that visit to Aso Rock and the approach he adopted, the federal government had to send well-mobilised mobile policemen and other law enforcement agents to all the nooks and crannies of the state with equipment to pre­vent future attacks. This singular action has not only mitigated the evil operators from carrying out those evil acts, but the arrested culprits are facing the law.
Which areas would you like the governor to improve upon?
Thank you very much. I would however like him to put more efforts in the area of provision of rural electricity in order to make electricity, especially in the rural communities, to be a bit more stable. You will agree with me that those who were conces­sioned electricity in the country are not interested in expanding or even improving on the existing infrastructure. They only want to make money and nothing more. Electricity problem had all the time been a general problem in the country and I believe if Gov­ernor Ugwuanyi channels his fo­cus a little to that sector, he will achieve so much and his people will love him the more.
I also urge the governor to en­sure that he maintained his Eco­nomic Team, as they are the mag­ic behind the good performance in the state.
Do you have words of advice for the Governor?
I urged the people of Enugu State to continue to support him because he has a great vision; let them follow a man whom God has injected into the heart of the people.
I would also like the governor to critically look into the area of security. It is important that the pesistent Fulani herdsmen at­tacks on innocent agrarian com­munities are curbed and eventu­ally stopped so that farmers in our communities will do their farming without the fear of be­ing killed, kidnapped or have the women raped. People cannot get full nutrition by eating only cow meat so, the governor has to liaise well with the federal government to curb the excesses of these Fu­lani herdsmen. Security of lives and property remains paramount and so, the small criminals in the communities have to be checked also.

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