Pick aides who will actualize your legacy, cleric implores Ugwuanyi

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ENUGU State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been urged to appoint aides that would assist him actualize his vision and leave behind legacies at the end of his second term.  

In Enugu, Sunday, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, said for the governor to succeed in his aspirations and establishing his legacy, he must avoid hypocrites.

During an inter-denominational service held at the Government House ahead of the inauguration ceremony on May 29, the Bishop, in a sermon titled, “Setting the Nation on Higher Level of Peace and Fear of God,” reminded Ugwuanyi on pitfalls to avoid for a successful second term.

He stated: “A lot is ahead of you and what you need is to find out those who understand the needs of the state. These are the type you must choose as either commissioners or others to actualize your legacy.

“Many of those with you should step aside and let others be given the opportunity.

“If you have done well as a government appointee, your work will speak for you but if you have not done well, then your conscience will judge you.”

The cleric praised the governor for having achieved so much with little resources, but expressed worry that revenue collectors in the state have not been as transparent as they should be. According to him, “they print receipts for backyard fees and levies. These type of people must go.”

Despite the governor’s achievements in his first term especially in security, Chukwuma said that the second term would offer more challenges in sectors like agriculture, education and health as he pursues his legacy.

Said Chukwuma: “This second term will be a success. Your Excellency, you have done well in your first term, most especially in infrastructural development. A lot is ahead of you. You have kept your word; Enugu State has continued to pay salaries consistently. You have employed more workers than your predecessors. We are glad that work is going on at the Enugu International Conference Centre abandoned in the past. This shows that you believe in continuity of good governance.”

In attendance were state and federal legislators, members of the State Executive Council, the judiciary, former Governor of old Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo; President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo among others.

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