Saturday, 1 August 2015

GOV. UGWUANYI MEETS NNIA NWODO, LAWRENCE OCHO, OTHERS TO CHART A NEW COURSE FOR NSUKKA

The best-selling and most sought after online business and political news publishers, Tectono Business Review, gathered that a few days ago, Nsukka leaders of thought under the aegis of Nsukka General Assembly gathered to discus with their illustrious son and Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on the way forward at the Adada House Nsukka in Enugu State.

It was attended by a an economist, lawyer, celebrated orator and erstwhile Minister of Information, Chief Nnia Nwodo. Others are Dr. Sylvester Okenyi, Mrs. Maria Okwo, Chief Nduka Eya, traditional rulers, former and present political office holders, leaders of thought, academics and influential youths from the zone.

In the meeting, the Chairman of the Assembly, Prof. Lawrence Ocho, presented the address on behalf of the Assembly members. In his address, he said: “In 1993, the late General Sani Abacha led a military coup that toppled the third civilian administration in Nigeria. That administration had an Nsukka son, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, as the first civilian governor of Enugu State. Since then, twenty two years now, no Nsukka son has occupied the exalted seat until you, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, were sworn in as Executive Governor of Enugu State on May 29, 2015.”

Prof. Ocho felicitated with the governor on his successful election, adding that Nsukka having been out of political power in the state for more than two decades has lagged behind drastically both in infrastructural and human development.

He said: “Your Excellency, 22 years out of office has meant that, except for nine months during the military government of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and six months in General Obasanjo’s government, no Nsukka son has been Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Since that period no Nsukka son has been Federal Permanent Secretary too.

"It has also meant that we have been given limited access to the offices of Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff and Chairman of State Council of Chiefs. It means that our sons and daughters in the civil service hardly end up as Permanent Secretaries and those that do so are in the minority.

“It has also meant that we have the lowest number of judges amongst the three zones in the state. It has meant that we have the lowest proportion of intake into the State Civil Service, the Federal service and the Armed forces. In infrastructural development, allocation to our zone has been dismally low and disgraceful.”

He expressed sadness that virtually all the roads earmarked to be renovated by past administrations had been abandoned. He added: “We are happy with the various decisions you have taken since you assumed office. We are glad that you have set up a specific committee for the renewal of Nsukka urban and submitted a supplementary estimate to enable you finance their proposals. We note your continued policy of triangular equilibrium in appointments which characterises the Nwa Nsukka sense of justice. We seek no retaliation. All we seek is our fair share and amelioration for the long injustice meted to us. We have gathered today to tell you that whatever divisions that existed in Nsukka hitherto your election has been closed. We shall stand like one man behind you.”

While responding, the highly elated governor extoled the leadership of the Assembly for convening the forum, adding that it had provided opportunity for cross-fertilization of ideas and views on how best to drive development and progress in the state. He also expressed his gratitude to them for their continued support for his administration.

In Gov. Ugwuanyi’s own words: “I am particularly touched by your declaration that whatever divisions that existed in Nsukka before my election are now dissolved. That you shall stand like one man behind me; that you shall as brothers reconcile differences among us and that you shall offer me all assistance available to ensure my success.”

The Governor assured that all the concerns of the zone as outlined by the Assembly would be looked into.

He said: “You should consider this as the beginning of the end of those issues, as we shall ensure political balancing in every aspect of the administration as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are fully committed to the promotion of justice, equity and fairness in the state and I shall be fair to all manner of Ndi Enugu in line with the oath of office I took as the Governor of Enugu State.”