THE Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at his inauguration assured the people of the state that his administration, in its second term, will build on the foundations of its four point agenda, and invest massively in the development of rural areas.
In his second term inauguration speech at Okpara Square Wednesday, Ugwuanyi told his audience: “Politics is over, governance takes the centre stage, and all hands are encouraged to come on deck irrespective of age, party affiliation, and social status in order to make Enugu State greater.
“We are open to ideas that will add value to the lives of our people. There is work to be done and we need the right people to do the job. I welcome (you) all from all political divides and shades of opinion. Let us join hands and get the work done.
“We shall continue to implement creative ideas, templates, and processes that will further mobilise resources to address our development needs. We will improve on oversight and reforms to reduce the cost of governance in order to deliver happiness and democracy dividends to the people of Enugu.”
Ugwuanyi emphasized that his administration will continue to close the gap between the hinterlands and urban areas.
The governor promised to consolidate on the achievements his administration recorded in education, health, judiciary reforms, youth empowerment, water supply, investment drive, sports to further enhance the living standards of the people.
He recalled “the dire financial outlook of the state when we mounted the saddle of leadership in 2015.” His administration miraculously surmounted it and raised “Enugu to one of the few most solvent states, with the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) hitting its highest mark in a single year since 1999.”
And for that, “the Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) named Enugu as one of the eight financially stable states.”
Ugwuanyi, in his inauguration speech explained that his administration recognizes the importance of peace and security as the greatest incentives for investment.
On infrastructure, he noted that his administration’s resolve “to revisit some abandoned but strategic projects that will add socio-economic value to our people.”
To buttress his support for local government autonomy, Ugwuanyi advised “every critical player in local government to stay or live in his or her respective domain to promote effective local administration and development.”
The Governor promised that he would leave no stone unturned in his second term “to ensure the continuation of good governance and delivery of democracy dividends in Enugu. I stand before you with a renewed strength as I embark on this last lap of my journey as your Governor.”