Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State had in May 29th, accounted for the accomplishments of his government as a 'stand out'. He was overwhelmed by the three-year scorecard his administration had recorded under harsh financial periods.
Ugwuanyi talked on this when he addressed the people of Enugu State during the 2018 Democracy Day at Okpara Square, Enugu yesterday.
He had said that the promises he made during his inauguration on May 29, 2015 had looked vague and unrealistic due to a huge debt profile of the state.
The governor, however, said that with aggressive revenue drive and prudent management of available resources, his administration had held unto its dreams. This, we can account for based on the governments giant stride in education, security, provision of amenities, job creations, etc.
The governor's statement was as thus: “The laudable goals we have achieved appeared impossible at that time owing to the realities on ground: huge debt profile of the state pressing down our neck and huge salaries and pension arrears confronting us.
“All these were in the midst of economic crunch and depleted revenue from the centre. Our promises then appeared vague, but we held unto our lofty dreams.
“Following these reforms, our internally generated revenue hit N22 billion in 2017, the highest by Enugu in a single year since 1999.
“Today, the results we have on ground and the progress we have made in the last three years bear us out that with God all things are possible.”
The governor had said that his administration had set out to build a state where security and peace were the order of the day, insisting that apart from partnering with the security agencies to create a peaceful environment, his administration was also getting the youths engaged through job creation.
He had said that the health sector of the state had come alive with the construction of district hospitals and training of 400 volunteer workers for health intervention programs in rural communities.He noted that doctors, nurses and allied workers had also been employed in the sector.
“As we embark on the last lap of this tenure, be rest assured that we will never let you down. With God ordering our steps, we will continue to put efforts at ensuring that the common good remains our watch-word".
“Let me on your behalf congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the National Assembly, the judiciary and other state governors on this occasion,” Ugwuanyi had said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the high-points of the event were a parade by the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, musical renditions and cultural displays.