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Dissecting Ugwuanyi’s 100 Days In Office

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 12:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu


September 5, marked the first 100 days in office of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State who was sworn into office on May 29 this year.

The conception of first 100 days in office was coined from a speech made by former President of United States of Amerca (USA), Franklin D. Roosevelt in a July 24, 1933 Radio Broadcast.

Although Roosevelt was not referring to the first 100 days of his administration, but that of the 73rd United States Congress, today, 100 days in office has now been adopted globally to measure the achievements and accomplishments of political office holders, especially those holding executive offices like Presidents and Governors.

Back to Enugu State, reactions have been trailing the first 100 days in office of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Mike Ubani, a journalist, expressed satisfaction with what Governor Ugwuanyi has done so far, especially the prompt payment of workers’ salaries, reconstruction of dilapidated roads and building of quality health infrastructure.

“I am happy with what Governor Ugwuanyi has done so far. He is completing work on the Governor’s office, started by his predecessor. He has not defaulted in the payment of salaries to civil servants since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.

“Shortly after assuming office, he commenced work on the reconstruction of the dilapidated portion of Emene road, beginning from Airport roundabout to Eke Obinagu in Enugu East local government area.

“He has just laid the foundation stone of a 200-bed specialist hospital in Orba in Udenu local government area, a development which many considered as a process of implementing one of his campaign promises, which is to construct a state-of-the-art hospital in the State. He has done well so far” Ubani said.

For John Nwobodo, an Enugu based lawyer and State Secretary of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Ugwuanyi started on positive note by conducting inquiry into administration of local government, which hitherto has been a cesspool of corruption.

“Before now, they employed people on paper. Go to local government, they don’t come to work” Nwobodo said.

  Nwobodo also praised Ugwuanyi for upgrading the status of Nsukka into a modern township, upgrading the status of Ninth Mile corner into a free trade zone and completing projects inherited from his predecessor like Enugu Main Market dual carriage way.

However, Nwobodo pointed out that “three months is too small to assess a Governor,” adding that he was looking forward to a more meaningful assessment halfway into Ugwuanyi’s administration.

Speaking in a similar vein, Tony Nwachukwu, a businessman and politician described Ugwuanyi’s first 100 days in office as a success.

“It is obvious appointments were made. Most of the states have no Excos up till now. House of assembly in Enugu State is working. The government has given out houses to civil servants. We are witnessing a government giving attention to heath, education, housing and other sectors for purposes of reform and transformation.

“If 100 days is the basis for assessing a government, then our dear Governor and his men should go to sleep. Nsukka urban development is on course. Enugu expansion is on course. It is continuity with a difference. The government is concerned with genuine development.

“Security is working in Enugu. That was why Boko Haram suspects were captured in Enugu. Citizens should be patient. Those areas the previous government did not touch, the incumbent will touch. Youths are being provided with jobs in various sectors of the economy. Governor Ugwuanyi has done well. There is no doubt about that” Nwachukwu said.

It could be recalled that within his first 100 days in office, Governor Ugwuanyi has equally revamped the local government system in Enugu State, which was almost in a comatose state before he assumed office, with staff being owed salaries in arrears for months.

Today, he has changed the story in the local government system in Enugu State with the inauguration of an 11-man committee on Local Government Staff Audit and Biometrics Data Capturing Exercise in the State, headed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi.

Apart from these concrete steps taken towards ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in the local government system, Governor Ugwuanyi also expressed his commitment towards grassroots development by filling the vacancies that existed in the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC), the body saddled with the responsibility of conducting local government elections in the State.

The Governor has also made genuine efforts to salvage the ruinous education sector in the State, especially primary and post primary education. In July, Ugwuanyi recently set up an 8-man administrative committee, for the completion of abandoned Enugu State Universal basic Education projects in the State.

While inaugurating the committee headed by Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, Ugwuanyi warned that any government official, contractor or group of persons found to have contributed to the present poor conditions of some primary schools under the Universal Basic Education Board in the state would face the full wrath of the law.

His administration has given impetus to the domestication of the Child Rights Act in Enugu State. The Act strives to reduce the infant mortality rate, provide medical and healthcare, adequate nutrition and safe drinking water, hygienic and sanitized environments, combat diseases and malnutrition and support and mobilize through local and community resources, the development of primary healthcare for children among numerous other provisions.

Governor Ugwuanyi had recently assured the State Children’s Parliament of his administration’s readiness to liaise with the relevant legal authorities in the state for the domestication and enactment of the Child Rights Act in the state.

  In line with the resolve of his administration to give a face-lift to the road infrastructure in the State, Ugwuanyi forwarded a bill to the State House of Assembly for the amendment of 2015 budget to accommodate eight new critical projects.

The House of Assembly has since passed the bill for the amendment of the 2015 budget. The new road projects to be accommodated in the current budget are construction of 2 km Nike road; construction of 3.6 km Nike Lake road; 5km Airport roundabout/Orie Emene/Eke Obinagu road; 2km Okutu/Odoru road; construction of 1.5 km 9th Mile/Nsukka road, 9th Mile/Onitsha road bypass; construction of 10.8 km Opi/Nsukka road; installation of street lights along Opi Nsukka road and construction/rehabilitation of Nsukka Urban roads.

In line with the saying, charity begins at home, Governor Ugwuanyi recently inaugurated a committee of seasoned technocrats in Enugu State to upgrade the status of Nsukka into an urban area, befitting of a university community. The committee has since commenced work.

In the area of rural development, Governor Ugwuanyi recently commissioned a 15 km Inter-Town-Connection (ITC) 2.5 MVA injection Sub-Station to supply light to some communities in Udi, Uzo-Uwani and Igboetiti L.G.A.’s of the state. The sub-station will also supply electricity to the Adada Dam at completion next year. The Dam being funded by the Federal Government would provide portable way to Nsukka urban and ensure all round irrigation for farming in communities within the area.

Nevertheless, Kate Ofor, the State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said she expects more from the Governor in education, the economy, agriculture and industrialization and revisiting some abnormalities in the administration of his predecessor, Sullivan Chime.

  “”Today, the only electronic medium for community broadcasting in the state, the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) has been leased to an individual who jettisoned the entire indigenous workers in the place and runs the system to his whips and caprices.

“The past Governor, Sullivan Chime has virtually sold every piece of space in Enugu State. The Conference Centre which could have been beehive of activities has been sold by former Governor Sullivan Chime” lamented Mrs. Ofor.

The opposition party spokesperson challenged Governor Ugwuanyi to join the anti-corruption crusade of the Federal Government and correct the abnormalities of the past government.

Mrs. Ofor stressed the need for him to address industrialization and specially focus at revamping the dilapidated past existing industries like Nachi Oil meal, Ogbede Aluminum Industry and others.

She also called for reactivation of Adani Rice and Premier Cashew Industry.

She reminded the Governor that he owes his election to the people of Enugu State who reposed confidence and voted him into power and not a set of individuals that are being tried for corruption.