Seven key attributes outline his life story: religion in God, peacefulness, humility, compassion, self-discipline, imaginative and prescient and forbearance. Attaining 57 years of age on Saturday, March 20, His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, has carved an enviable area of interest for himself as an excellent chief with a singular governance philosophy.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, fondly often known as ‘Gburugburu’, habitually appreciates and acknowledges his beloved ‘God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob and the superior God of David’, for the daring assertion the Almighty has decreed in his life odyssey. His friends readily acknowledge this strikingly humble trait.
A pacesetter who stresses consensus, well known by all for his dedication to peace, improvement and wellbeing of the individuals, particularly the lowly and fewer privileged, Gov. Ugwuanyi has gone down in historical past as a phenomenon that stands tall amongst his contemporaries and tells the story that life is best loved on aspect of the above attributes.
Assuming workplace in 2015, at a time the state’s assets had been rising leaner due to the nation’s hostile financial realities, Gov. Ugwuanyi was undaunted and resolute in his steadfastness to construct Enugu State of the founding fathers’ goals, the place peace, concord, inclusive governance and speedy improvement maintain sway.
The governor’s sheer willpower to alleviate the sufferings of the individuals and make life extra significant for them, in opposition to all odds, gave delivery to his administration’s rural improvement coverage geared toward taking democracy dividends to the doorsteps of the agricultural dwellers.
His driving focus stays remembering the long-neglected, reconnecting the agricultural dwellers with the realities of governance and addressing the hydra-headed imbalance between city and rural populace by way of distribution of infrastructure and different primary facilities.
In addition to the nation’s financial meltdown, the governor when he assumed workplace, additionally inherited an enormous debt profile and different wage payments to be serviced. At the moment, 27 states, excluding Enugu, couldn’t pay employees’ salaries, not to mention embark on capital initiatives.
Governors resorted to bailout funds to fulfill up with excessive calls for of governance. What was tougher was their lack of ability to entry the nation’s extra crude oil funds, which enabled their predecessors to execute capital initiatives and handle different sundry public wants.
Despite all these, Gov. Ugwuanyi was capable of lead Enugu State out of the woods and attain enviable heights as one of the vital peaceable and most secure sates in Nigeria, in addition to being among the many six economically most viable states within the nation that may survive with out federal allocations.
Enugu State, with no oil, underneath Gov. Ugwuanyi’s watch, was additionally rated because the second most superior state in Nigeria, on the Ease of Doing Enterprise by the World Financial institution Group; one of many solely three states out of the 36 states of the federation which have fulfilled obligations to their employees (BudgIT) and among the many seven states which are solvent with spectacular over 30 p.c Internally Generated Income (IGR) to fund further financial actions (Financial Confidential journal verdict).
It’s on document that Enugu is within the checklist of the few states that commenced fee of N30,000 new minimal wage to their employees with none type of rancour, in January 2020. It’s also on document that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has invested big assets in street infrastructure, protecting about 680km, largely concentrated within the rural areas.
historical past, Ugwuanyi is the one governor of Enugu State to witness two financial recessions in 5 years of his administration, the latest #EndSars protests and a pandemic (COVID-19) that has introduced a serious setback to the complete world by way of progress and improvement, coupled with different challenges.
The development of the state’s first flyover bridge, a landmark challenge, has commenced on the intractable Abakpa Nike/T-Junction street, to ease the visitors gridlock within the space. His administration has additionally made big investments in different sectors of improvement comparable to well being, training, safety, funding promotion, agriculture, employees’ welfare and empowerment, and many others.
As an example, the Ugwuanyi administration has constructed and renovated district hospitals and well being centres within the state, particularly within the rural areas underneath the first healthcare programme.
It has massively rehabilitated and reworked the previous Colliery Hospital Enugu, with the development of recent buildings, which is now designated because the Enugu State Infectious Illness Hospital, for isolation and remedy of sufferers with infectious illnesses.
Ugwuanyi’s administration is presently developing multi-billion naira Specialist Hospital and Faculty of Drugs blocks for the Enugu State College of Science and Expertise (ESUT) Educating Hospital, Igbo-Eno, Enugu North Senatorial District.
In Training, in addition to recruiting over 5000 main and secondary college academics, Ugwuanyi’s administration has constructed, renovated and outfitted 1,205 classroom blocks and different college initiatives underneath ENSUBEB. It procured and distributed over 50,000 classroom furnishings and different studying instruments for main college youngsters and their academics.
Beneath the PPSMB, the state authorities equipped and put in computer systems to 200 secondary faculties and science tools to 151 secondary faculties; constructed and renovated classroom blocks, workplaces and hostels, amongst others. The story is identical within the state owned tertiary establishments.
On employees’ welfare, Ugwuanyi, who has been broadly adjudged as one of the vital labour-friendly governors in Nigeria, is understood for his administration’s immediate and common fee of employees’ salaries and retirees’ pensions, amongst different incentives.
In his peacefulness, regardless of the nation’s avalanche of challenges, Gov. Ugwuanyi has continued to spearhead and advance peace in Enugu State in a uncommon, dignified method.
Right now, Enugu State shouldn’t be solely having fun with a safe setting, companies have continued to flourish as buyers, vacationers, households, relations and pals, hold trooping to the state for varied socio-economic engagements, with inns absolutely booked most instances.
The peace in Enugu State, which is essentially accountable for the milestone achievements recorded by Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration, despite varied challenges, has additionally engendered actual property improvement within the state and enhance the state’s Internally Generated Income (IGR).
In actualizing this peace, Gov. Ugwuanyi has invested and sacrificed lots. The governor has no enemy and has continued to pay the final word value for peace to reign within the state, and historical past will perpetually bear in mind him for spearheading and institutionalizing such marketing campaign that’s extraordinarily important to the progress of the state.
His simplicity, goodwill, open-door coverage, tolerance, compassion in uplifting the downtrodden and direct contact with everybody, irrespective of sophistication or standing, are eloquent testimonies to his refined background as a humble chief.
Ugwuanyi is one who delights within the pleasure of his individuals and shares of their grief as effectively, maintaining in contact always. Early this 12 months, Ugwuanyi was on the 82 Division of the Nigerian Military, Enugu, with money present and meals objects, to solemnly establish with widows of fallen heroes, in commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
This attribute was among the many elements accountable for the governor’s unprecedented victory, profitable 95.54 p.c of the votes forged throughout his reelection in 2019. That is really the best within the nation’s electoral historical past.
As a person of conscience, Gov. Ugwuanyi, by his life’s journey expertise and encounter with the individuals, has proved to be somebody who doesn’t overlook the previous or the place he’s coming from. He appreciates friendship, brotherhood and any deed of goodwill from individuals.
A case research in thoughts is the governor’s uncommon management function in reinvigorating the political expedition of the previous Governor of Enugu State, Senator Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani. The senator, after he left workplace as governor, was confronted with stern challenges that just about retired him from energetic politics. However Ugwuanyi ensured that he returned to the senate in 2019.
Nnamani as Governor of Enugu State in 2003 and chief of Ebeano political household was instrumental to Gov. Ugwuanyi venturing into energetic politics because the member representing Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency within the Nationwide Meeting.
Talking when he visited Gov. Ugwuanyi on the Authorities Home Enugu, for the primary time after 12 years he left workplace, Nnamani thanked the governor for his benevolence, show of conscience, and for “giving me a second probability”, saying: “Ugwuanyi has wiped my tears”.
Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, who described Gov. Ugwuanyi as “an emblem of peace” and frowned on the handiwork of political jobbers, when he led stakeholders of Enugu West Senatorial District to pay a solidarity go to to the governor, pronounced that they’ll proceed to face by Ugwuanyi to make sure that he advances and actualizes his peace and improvement initiatives for the state.
In addition to, just about all leaders of political, spiritual, conventional and socio-economic establishments in Enugu State and past are unanimous of their constructive stance on Gov. Ugwuanyi’s peace and good governance initiatives.
The Religious Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has on a number of events, eulogized Gov. Ugwuanyi for entrenching peace and good governance in Enugu State, describing him as “a superb man; a person of peace; an ideal genius; humble and ever affected person chief”.
Not too long ago, the brand new Nationwide President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Wale Oke, on the church’s sixteenth Biennial Convention in Enugu, the place Gov. Ugwuanyi was conferred with the ‘Defender of the Religion” award, alongside Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, expressed delight on the governor’s simplicity, his generosity to PFN and different church buildings within the state, in addition to his disposition as a peaceable and God-fearing chief.
As Gov. Ugwuanyi clocks 57 years, it’s value noting that regardless of the avalanche of financial, safety and public well being challenges, he has stored religion together with his core imaginative and prescient to “deploy authorities companies to create honest and equal alternative for each prepared citizen to make a residing and create wealth, educate our kids, and revel in life in a peaceable and safe setting”. Pleased Birthday, Your Excellency!
Amoke writes from Enugu.
Louis Amoke: Gov Ugwuanyi: Advancing peace, improvement at 57