DEMOCRACY DAY: See Enugu State Governor Achievements That Cannot Be Found in Any State in Nigeria ~ Matters Arising

DEMOCRACY DAY: Enugu State Governor Achievements That Cannot Be Found in Any State in Nigeria

DEMOCRACY DAY: Enugu Governor Achievement That Can't Be Found in Any State

The 5th Anniversary of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration in Enugu State offers an opportunity to reappraise the governor’s giant strides despite the avalanche of challenges befalling the state and the country…

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), on May 22, 2020, published its 2019 states’ rank in internally generated revenue (IGR).

One of the states which recorded impressive performances, according to the report, was Enugu.

Enugu State, with no oil, was the 9th best performing state in terms of IGR. Its slightly over N31billion was good enough to beat all oil producing states except Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom.

What makes that record remarkable is that just four years earlier when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State took over the mantle of leadership on May 29, 2015 the country was in recession following the drastic drop in crude oil prices in the international market.

Consequently, the state was confronted with paucity of funds, high inherited debt profile and other huge wage bills to be serviced.

Fast forward to Ugwuanyi’s fifth anniversary in office and the tide has turned.

The country’s economic challenges adversely affected the state’s allocations from the federation account, to the extent that there were limited funds to attend to development issues and other sundry needs of the public.

Enugu’s purse grew leaner as federal allocations dwindled to an all-time low – a source of worry the past governor of the state, Mr Sullivan Chime acknowledged during a thanksgiving Mass to commemorate the end of his administration.

This posed a serious threat to the speedy actualisation of the governor’s vision for the state as contained in his administration’s four-point agenda.

The situation was so bad that 27 states, excluding Enugu, could not pay workers’ salaries, let alone embark on capital projects. One by one, governors resorted to bailout funds unlike their predecessors who had access to the excess crude oil funds which enabled them to execute sundry capital projects.

Despite all the challenges, Ugwuanyi remained undaunted and focused in his vision to build the Enugu State of the founding fathers’ dream, where everybody irrespective of class, religion or political association is given equal right to dividends of democracy, in a peaceful and secure environment
The results of his sheer dexterity and commitment are evident in his five-year stewardship as highlighted below:

ROADS:
Constructed/rehabilitated over 600km of roads across the state, mostly in the rural areas, some of which include:
*Rehabilitated and remodeled the ancient, historic and undulating 11km Milliken Hill-Ngwo-9th Mile road.
*Constructed the 12km Opi-Nsukka dual carriageway up to University of Nigeria (UNN) gate


*Constructed the Ebonyi River Bridge, Ikem
*Constructed the 31km Udenu Ring road with two high-tech bridges

*Iva Valley roads in Enugu North LGA
*Constructed the 8.8km Nkalagu-Eha Amufu road in Isi-Uzo LGA, neglected for over 35 years
*The construction of the 26.66km Ukpabi-Nimbo-Ugbene Ajima-Eziani road in Uzo-Uwani LGA (RAMP-2)
*The construction of the 22.443km Neke-Mbu-Ogbodu Aba-Obollo Etiti inter-community road linking Isi-Uzo and Udenu LGAs (RAMP-2)
*Constructed the 13km Nike Lake junction-Harmony Estate-Amorji Nike-Adoration Pilgrimage Centre-Orie Emene road linking the ever-busy Abakpa Nike with Emene satellite town in Enugu East LGA
*Reconstructed the Nike Lake Road and Abakpa Nike Road in Enugu East LGA, which were marred by traffic gridlock in the past
*Constructed the Amaeke-Ngwo-Nsude-9th Mile and Amankwo-Amaeke-Amah Brewery Junction-9th Mile bypasses in Udi LGA
*Reconstructed the Airport Roundabout/Orie-Emene/St. Patrick’s College/Eke-Obinagu Road in Enugu East LGA
*Reconstructed the Enugu Road (Nsukka) Junction-Umuezebi-Nru Junction-University Gate road, the Post Office Roundabout-Odenigbo Roundabout-Ogurugu Road-Ikenga road and the Obechara Road Junction-Umakashi-Mechanic Village-Ikenga Hotels Junction road, all in the University town of Nsukka.
*Constructed the 8.2km Inyi-Akpugoeze road in Oji River LGA
*Constructed the Ituku Road in Awgu LGA and the Amurri road in Nkanu West LGA
*Simultaneously executed 35 grassroots development projects across the 17 LGAs
*Rehabilitated urban and rural roads in Emene, Abakpa-Nike, 9th Mile Corner and the University town of Nsukka
*More internal roads in the University town of Nsukka


*Rehabilitated the old UNTH-Bunker road, Enugu; constructed the Holy Trinity Street -Bishop Michael Eneje Street, Independence Layout; Mount Crescent, GRA; Orofia Street, off Nza Street, Independence Layout; Dental School-Tipper Garage road Trans Ekulu, Enugu; Ugwuaji-Loma Linda-Timber Shed road, Maryland, Enugu; Nwafia Street, Independence Layout; Mbanefo Street, New Haven; The Secretariat Road, G.R.A; Court Avenue by new State Secretariat; Ibuza Street at Independence Layout; Isi Uzo Street at Independence Layout; Owerri Road; Poly Clinic Road, Asata; Carter Street, off Ogui Road, etc.

BUILDINGS:
*Renovated the House of Assembly Complex
*Rehabilitated and re-asphalted the popular Michael Okpara Square, Enugu
*Completed the new Lion Building, Government House, Enugu, with additional works such as landscaping and installation of flood and security lights
*Renovated the Deputy Governor’s office, Abuja Building, parking lots, and fuel Dump, within the premises of the Government House, Enugu, among others
*Ongoing completion work on the International Conference Centre, Enugu
*Construction of the first phase of the Enugu State Secretariat annex in Nsukka satellite town
*Construction of the Nsukka Township Stadium
*Fencing and massive works of arts at the Unity Park, formerly known as Forest Reserve, Enugu, to serve as a tourist attraction and a place for relaxation and recreation
*Construction of 10-unit of Executive Guest House at the old Governor’s Lodge, G.R.A, Enugu, for routine guests of the state government
*Construction of first Christian Chapel of Worship at the Government House, Enugu
*Remodeling of the Old Government Lodge and Construction of Annex, GRA, Enugu
*Construction of 24 units of Guest Flats at Old Government Lodge, GRA, Enugu

RURAL DEVELOPMENT:
*Uncommon rural development policy, concentrating more infrastructure in the rural and long-neglected communities, such as:
*Simultaneously executed 35 grassroots development projects across the 17 LGAs
*The N10 million “one community, one project” scheme across the 471 autonomous communities in the state

HEALTH SECTOR:
*Completed the state-of-the-art Enugu State Medical Diagnostic Centre, Enugu
*Construction and renovation of district hospitals and health centres in the state, especially in the rural areas under the primary healthcare programme
*Upgraded Udi District Hospital and Polly Clinic, Asata to General Hospitals, after their rehabilitation
*Ongoing construction of 200-bed Specialist Hospital, Igbo Ano, Enugu North Senatorial District, to serve as facilities for the ESUT College of Medicine that has been relocated to Nsukka
*Launch of the Universal Health Coverage
*Intervened and integrated faith-based rural health facilities into the Free Maternal and Child Health Programme
*Recently awarded multiple contracts for massive construction of 7 units of Type 3 Primary Health Care Centre in 7 LGAs and upgrade and rehabilitation of the General Hospital Ogrute, Enugu Ezike and Nsukka District Hospital, among others.

RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
*Released N350 million to the state’s COVID-19 Multi-Sectoral Rapid Response Team
*Establishment of Isolation and Treatment Centres for COVID-19 in Nsukka and the ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu
*Equipped the ultra-modern Enugu State Medical Diagnostic Centre and designated it as an isolation and treatment centre
*Reconstruction and construction of new structures at the Colliery Hospital, Enugu, now an Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Centre
*Approved welfare packages for all health workers in the state as incentive to battle COVID-19
*Purchased two additional ambulances and one incident vehicle
*Enforcement of the Presidential directives on nationwide curfew and inter-state movement restriction order.
Recently awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of facilities and provision of essential supplies in 34 health facilities across the 17 LGAs, to scale up delivery of linked services and preparedness against community spread of COVID-19 pandemic by the Enugu State Save One Million Lives (SOML) Project.

WORKERS’ WELFARE:
*Promotion of civil servants’ welfare
*Among the first to implement the new Minimum Wage in Nigeria
*Regular payment of workers’ salaries on the 23rd of every month and retirees’ pensions before the end of the month
*Payment of the 13th month salary to workers as Christmas bonus
*Payment of 54 percent equity contribution for 100 lucky civil servants who won the 100 units one bedroom apartments at Elim Estate, Enugu through open lottery.

SECURITY:
*Procured and donated 100 units of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) patrol vans with communication gadgets to the security agencies to aid their operations
*Employed 1,700 Forest Guards, first in the South East geo-political zone
*Repositioned the Vigilante/Neighbourhood Watch groups and purchased 260 security vehicles for their Community Policing operations.
*Procured and distributed 260 motorcycles and 300 bicycles to the 260 electoral wards in the state, to complement and facilitate the operations of the Forest Guards

*Construction of the 76 Police Mobile Force Squadron Facility at Ekwegbe, Igbo-Etiti LGA

FIRE SERVICE:
*Procured five (5) IVM fire-fighting trucks for the five ultra modern fire service stations across the three senatorial districts of the state, newly constructed by Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration, after 56 years
*Recruited 66 firefighters to the workforce of the state fire service and provided them with Personal Protecting Equipment (PPE) for safety, etc.

INTERVENTIONS IN THE STATE JUDICIARY:
*Constructed the first Enugu State Customary Court of Appeal Headquarters complex in Enugu
*Construction of 14 new court buildings and open registries in the judicial divisions and magisterial districts across the state
*Construction of 34 modern Customary Courts across the state, two (2) per LGA
*Massive renovation of the State Judiciary Headquarters complex, Enugu
*Renovated the former DAD Building Enugu and converted same to the State Ministry of Justice Headquarters
*Establishment of Multi-Door Court House in Enugu, among other interventions

EDUCATION:
*Recruited over 5000 primary and secondary school teachers
*Constructed, renovated and equipped 897 classroom blocks and other school projects under Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB).
*Procured and distributed 22,150 lockers and 22,150 chairs for primary school children, 1,228 tables, 1,228 arm chairs and 2,456 armless chairs for the teachers, as well as 1130 marker boards for teaching and 1,960 ceiling fans, for conducive learning environment (under ENSUBEB)
*Procured and distributed 12, 480 writing desks and chairs for primary school pupils in the state and 868 tables and chairs for teachers to improve the standard of learning (ENSUBEB).
*Massive construction and reconstruction of classroom blocks, offices and hostels in the secondary schools across the six education zones of the Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB)
*Supplied Science equipment to 135 secondary schools (under PPSMB)
*Supplied and installed computers to 200 secondary schools (under PPSMB)
*Converted 1000 volunteer teachers to permanent staff and release of all outstanding arrears of promotion to date (under PPSMB)
*Initiated a process for the construction and renovation of more classroom blocks
*Ongoing construction of the state-of-the-art administrative building of the first degree-awarding institution in Education in the South East zone, the Enugu State University of Education in Ihe, Awgu LGA, established by Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration to serve as a centre for training of teachers for primary, secondary and tertiary education.
*Massive infrastructural development and upgrade of facilities in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu
*Transition of IMT into a degree-awarding institution and the holding of its first convocation, after 11 years
*Numerous education transformational interventions in other state-owned tertiary institutions, namely the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT); the Enugu State College of Education Technical (ESCET); and the Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo

EMPOWERMENT:
*Empowered 3,600 traders with N50,000 each under the Enugu State Traders Empowerment Scheme
*Empowered 750 youths in skills acquisition under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme
*Offered scholarship to 680 indigent engineering students of Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo, Ezeagu L.G.A. and the IMT, Enugu
*Awarded scholarship to 22 post-secondary school indigent students presently studying at Mewar University, India
*Engaged 1000 youths to clean up the state, under Enugu Clean Team Project, with additional 1000 workers underway

AGRICULTURE, WATER, HOUSING, INVESTMENT PROMOTION, SPORTS
*Procured twenty (20) tractors for Mechanized Agriculture
*Launched the Coal City Rice, Enugu – a highly sought-after staple in the South East and beyond
*Approved the establishment of two World Bank projects, namely IFAD and APPEALS programme for women and youths agricultural empowerment and pays her counterpart funds regularly.


*Rehabilitated facilities at Ajali and Oji River Water Treatment Schemes which has consequentially improved the supply of water to Enugu metropolis and its environs
*HELIU Residence project – a world class Residential Estate with infrastructure worth N25 billion embarked upon by the state government in partnership with Fit-Consult and China Shenyang International Economic and Technical Cooperation Limited, Shenyang, China through Public Private Partnership (PPP) to provide quality and affordable houses to address the accommodation deficit in Enugu because of high inflow of people into the state.


*Site and services of Valley Estate, GRA, Enugu; WTC Estate; Victory Estate; Trinity Estate; Fidelity Estate adjacent to the popular Ebeano Tunnel with massive erosion /flood control work, Diamond Estate, Rangers Estate, among others.
*The Enugu Industrial Park – FTZ (ENPOWER Free Trade Zone) at the 9thMile Corner, Enugu, to be known as Lion Business Park, modeled after the Dragon Market in Dubai.
*Gov. Ugwuanyi’s love and support for sports saw Rangers International Football Club of Enugu lifting both the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title after 32 years and 2018 AITEO Cup after 35 years

ECONOMIC RATINGS:
*Rated as the second most advanced state in Nigeria on the Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank Group
*9th best performing state in terms of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the year 2019

*Best state in the judicious utilization of the bailout funds (Senate Verdict)

*Enugu listed alongside Lagos and Rivers as the only three states out of the 36 states of the federation that have fulfilled obligations to their workers (BudgIT)

*Listed among the seven states that are solvent with impressive over 30 per cent Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to fund additional economic activities (Economic Confidential magazine verdict).

*The fifth most competitive state in Nigeria, according to the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria

*The third most debt sustainable State in Nigeria

*The first state in Nigeria to publish its Audited State Final Account for consecutive three years

*First in the South East geo-political zone and ninth in the country based on IGR as against Federal Allocation

*One of the twelve states in Nigeria that can survive without federal allocations.

Happy Celebration!

Drop Your Comments

Read Also >> Your Exemplary Leadership Has Brought Dividends of Democracy To Enugu State – The SUG President IMT Enugu. Hail Gburugburu ~ Matters Arising

Matters Arising

Nasirudeen Olahiwola professionally known as FIFTY-FIFTY..... FIFTY-FIFTY is a Business Man, a Blogger, Scriptwriter, Instagram comedian and Media Influential.... FIFTY-FIFTY is the founder and CEO of Matters Arising News Portal, he has moderates different chatting platform and to most popular Messaging platform in Institute of Management and Technology, IMT Enugu Campus. named "IMT Tv" which all students rely on as number one source of getting timely information. Today Matters Arising is a game changer news portal that publishing information that is Factual, Credible, Verifiable, Authoritative and Investigative. visit www.matterarising.com

28 Comments

  • SEEKING FOR RICH SUGAR MUMMY/DADDY/LESBIAN/GAY
    CONTACT OUR DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR VIA (+2348145236851)
    Turn your life around,by getting the chance to meet with our Executive sugar mummies
    sugar daddies,gay and lesbian connections all over Nigeria ,Ghana, spain, italy, South Africa,UK,U.S.A,
    Dubai,Paris,Germany and some other countries, you are also entitled to contract opportunities,job offers in good reputable companies within Nigeria ,
    business packages,financial packages and loans offers for businesses
    by meeting our prestigious clients,who are highly rich and influential,powerful,connected,
    we have directors,C.e.o ,senators,managers,politicians,
    oil tycoon,big time Dubai and London based sugar mummies and daddies,we have ladies that owns two to three companies within one state and also ladies thatrun their business organization within
    overseas,so are you good in bed,do you have all it takes to partake in our service,we offered fast reliable service to you anywhere you are within the above
    mention countries
    ,our clients are highly connected and influential people within the society, ,so contact us now to get an instant hook-up today,
    FACEBOOK NAME/bALOGUN JAMES SUNDAY
    PHONE NUMBERS/08145236851

    WHATSAPP NUMBER/+2348145236851

    AFRICAN DATING AGENCY…..YOUR WISH IS OUR DESIRE……….

  • Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

  • These are actually great ideas in concerning blogging.

  • Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  • Your site is very helpful. Many thanks for sharing!

  • Asking questions are actually nice thing if you are not understanding anything totally, however this
    post gives fastidious understanding yet.

  • If some one desires expert view about blogging afterward i suggest him/her to visit this webpage,
    Keep up the good work.

  • Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could
    add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have
    some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you
    run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  • Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?

    I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m
    looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had
    to ask!

  • I know this site offers quality depending content and extra information, is there any other web site which
    presents such things in quality?

  • I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website.
    I’m hoping to view the same high-grade content
    from you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities
    has motivated me to get my own site now 😉

  • This design is spectacular! You most certainly know how to keep a reader
    entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I
    was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
    Excellent job. I really loved what you had
    to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

  • Excellent web site you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days.
    I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  • I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i am glad reading
    your article. But want to remark on few general
    things, The web site style is great, the articles is really excellent : D.
    Good job, cheers

  • Hey there! I’ve been following your web site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    New Caney Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  • As the admin of this web page is working, no
    doubt very soon it will be renowned, due to its feature contents.

  • I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also pay a quick visit this blog on regular basis to get updated
    from hottest gossip.

  • Thanks for finally writing about > DEMOCRACY DAY: See Enugu State Governor Achievements That Cannot
    Be Found in Any State in Nigeria ~ Matters Arising – Matters Arisng
    < Liked it!

  • I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this submit was once great.
    I do not know who you might be however certainly you are going to a famous
    blogger for those who aren’t already. Cheers!

  • Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I
    have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
    In any case I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  • You’re so interesting! I do not suppose I have read something like this
    before. So good to discover another person with a few original thoughts on this
    subject matter. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up.
    This web site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a little originality!

  • Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website?
    My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and
    my visitors would really benefit from a lot of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you. Thank you!

  • Thanks for the good writeup. It in fact used to be a amusement account
    it. Look complicated to more delivered agreeable from you!
    However, how could we be in contact?

  • Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday.

    It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and use something from their web sites.

  • Quality content is the crucial to interest the users to pay a quick visit the website,
    that’s what this web page is providing.

  • I am extremely inspired along with your writing talents as neatly as with the format for your blog.

    Is that this a paid subject matter or did you customize it yourself?
    Anyway stay up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to peer a nice
    blog like this one nowadays..

  • Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from
    an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start.
    Do you have any points or suggestions? Many thanks cheap flights 2CSYEon

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *