Louis Amoke examines the programmes of Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi within the areas of city renewal, funding drive, tourism and industrialisation, and the governor’s projections for future growth of the Southeast state.
The current selections by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revive the Enugu Urban Master-Plan, assemble pedestrian bridges and overlay main roads within the metropolis, amongst different interventions, will not be solely daring initiatives, but in addition optimistic steps in the direction of reinvigorating and upgrading the state capital for socio-economic enlargement.
These actions show the governor’s political will to advance good governance and additional improve the event construction of Enugu City, to maintain its enviable standing because the historic capital of Eastern Nigeria, East Central State, outdated Anambra and Enugu State and the capital of the current Enugu State.
The initiatives, which have been a part of the result of the maiden assembly of the newly-inaugurated State Executive Council, have set a brand new agenda for fast growth according to the governance technique of the state authorities in the direction of making certain that Enugu continues to obtain deserved consideration as one of many oldest and best state capitals within the nation.
Undoubtedly, the brand new coverage route is deeply heartwarming, particularly to the city inhabitants, contemplating the truth that the state authorities, by its rural growth coverage, within the final 4 years, had concentrated huge growth extra within the rural areas than in city centres.
The grassroots growth programme of the Ugwuanyi administration, which is novel within the annals of the state, was a deliberate technique to interrupt the barrier of growth imbalance that had existed between the city and rural dwellers to be able to create extra city centres for socio-economic enlargement in addition to give the bigger inhabitants of the state a way of belonging.
It could be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi, in his first time period’s inaugural handle, said that his administration will “pay a special attention to rural development because majority of our people live in the rural areas”. He added that the state authorities will create extra city areas to spice up financial development.
In protecting with this sound imaginative and prescient, Ugwuanyi’s administration, previously 4 years, by its grassroots growth initiatives, executed huge growth tasks which have been concentrated largely within the rural areas, remembering lengthy uncared for communities, such Amurri, Eha-Amufu, Uzo-Uwani, amongst others.
Prior to Ugwuanyi’s administration, 13 out of 16 wards in Uzo-Uwani LGA couldn’t entry their council headquarters in Umuluokpa due to unhealthy street. The federal street connecting Enugu and Ebonyi State, by Eha Amufu, in Isi-Uzo LGA, was uncared for for over 36 years, till it was lately rehabilitated to plain by the Ugwuanyi administration. Today, the folks of Amurri in Nkanu West LGA await the graduation of the second section of their street, after the Ugwuanyi administration constructed the primary section for a group that has by no means skilled any type of growth on its land previously 100 years.
The rural growth technique such because the “One Community, One Project” scheme additionally ensured that each group had one undertaking or one other in keeping with their precedence. Out of about 550 kilometers of roads lined thus far within the state, over 65 p.c was executed within the rural areas.
For the vast majority of the agricultural dwellers, particularly those that had not seen asphalted roads or different growth tasks of their communities till the enthronement of the current administration, it was certainly a dream come true as they don’t solely get pleasure from good street community as we speak which has reconnected them to bigger society for socio-economic development, in addition they have entry to different authorities amenities that make life extra significant.
The end result of the maiden council assembly, which centered authorities’s growth consideration on Enugu City, coupled with the inauguration of the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) for the restoration of the Enugu city master-plan, subsequently reinvigorated the governor’s steadfastness to strike a stability and provides the state capital the facelift it deserves to compete favorably amongst its contemporaries.
The Ugwuanyi administration has taken measures to maintain the glory of Enugu City, by reconstruction and upkeep of city roads and different amenities; engagement of 1000 youths (extra 1,000 underway) to scrub up the state; rehabilitation of historic authorities constructions similar to the favored Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, State House of Assembly Complex, Zik’s Residence, in addition to the continued completion of the Enugu International Conference Centre, amongst others.
On the deliberate overlay of main roads in Enugu City, constructed by previous administrations, which entails the applying of scorching rolled asphaltic carrying course on the present ones with different technical issues, the intention is to extend the sturdiness of the roads to final for an extended time and serve the general public higher.
The complete upkeep is relatively low cost, contemplating the large assets being spent yearly by the current administration to restore potholes being created on the roads each wet season because of persistent rains. The deliberate overlay, subsequently, may also beautify the roads and add worth to the aesthetic of the state capital as a contemporary metropolis based over a century in the past.
The Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, whereas briefing newsmen on the mentioned overlay, alongside the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, said that the undertaking was along with the continued repairs of recognized potholes in Enugu city and intercity roads.
The Information commissioner disclosed that the accredited development of three pedestrian bridges in Enugu city to be positioned at Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, by Holy Ghost Cathedral, Garki Awkunanaw and Mayor Bus-stop by Agbani Road, was to make sure security of pedestrians, free visitors and orderliness.
Inaugurating the 14-man Enugu Master-plan Enforcement Authority, headed by his former Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh because the Executive Chairman, Gov. Ugwuanyi directed them to instantly start enforcement of full growth management in Enugu Capital Territory, according to “relevant extant laws and the need for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem balance.”
Ugwuanyi disclosed that the enforcement authority “was constituted in line with a deliberate choice of the state government to enhance the glory of Enugu as the former capital of Eastern Nigeria, East Central State, old Anambra and Enugu State as well as the present Enugu State.”
The governor maintained that Enugu deserves an enhanced serene atmosphere to have the ability to supply the complete compliments of city triangle; a spot to stay, work and play.
He additionally identified that the serenity of Enugu City is without doubt one of the state’s best belongings that have to be jealously guarded, directing members of the enforcement physique that “you must therefore halt and begin to reverse the contraptions of building approvals pervading Enugu Capital Territory”.
According to him, “Enugu Capital Territory should maintain its rating as a vacation spot of selection in actual property funding. We anticipate nothing much less from you.
“I have to emphasise, as all the time, that your loyalty as public officers must be to God and the state. You should always be seen to pursue honesty, transparency, accountability, fairness, justice, equity and unalloyed dedication to your obligation in the midst of your service to this state.
“The roles may be different but we are united in the objective – to alleviate the sufferings of our people and put smiles on their faces and these we must do in fulfillment of our contract with Ndi Enugu”.
Other far reaching selections taken on the maiden council assembly, geared toward making certain the serenity and safety of the state, which have acquired the commendations of the state staff and different stakeholders, have been the approval for the acquisition of eighteen (18) automated drones for surveillance inside and outdoors the state for efficient safety administration and ratification of earlier approval given by the final State Executive Council on May 28, 2019, for the acquisition of 100 (100) models of Innoson patrol vans to boost the capabilities of the safety companies within the state.
The council ratified the approval for the acquisition of 260 autos in addition to bikes and bicycles to be handed over to Forest Guards, Neighborhood Watch teams, amongst others, for group policing. The safety autos, in keeping with Aroh, have been equipped and are being put in with communication devices and different safety amenities for max effectiveness.
Only on Tuesday, 65 out of the 100 patrol vans have been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force on the Government House, Enugu, the place the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman who acquired the autos on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed Abubakar, counseled Ugwuanyi for “this wonderful gesture”, describing the governor as “an unassuming personality, a symbol of peaceful co-existence and the architect of modern security in Enugu State”.
Reacting, staff within the state by the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) applauded the governor for the sustained efforts of his administration “towards reducing crime to the barest minimum in the state”.
They additionally lauded him for the continued street upkeep in Enugu metropolis and its environs; recruitment of 1,700 Forest Guards; deliberate deployment of automated drones; buy of autos, bikes and bicycles and most significantly his spirit of patriotism in patronizing an indigenous car manufacturing firm, Innoson Group, to help the safety companies of their operations.
Expressing satisfaction, the employees declared that the safety measures have contributed immensely “in keeping crime at a very low rate in Enugu State and the sustenance of the position of the state as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.”
From the foregoing, Ugwuanyi has adroitly addressed the interlinking complexities of human safety and inclusive growth and delivered a successful formular in Enugu State. He merely deserves the assist of his constituents and key stakeholders. No surprise he’s getting them – with loads of appreciation and enthusiasm.