Sunday, 25 October 2015

GOV. UGWUANYI PLEDGES TO REVERSE POLICIES WITH NEGATIVE IMPACTS IN ENUGU

Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State Governor
The Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has promised to reverse all policies of previous administrations that impact negatively on the people including levies, the best-selling and most sought after online business and political news and article publishers, Tectono Business Review, reports.

The governor, an immediate past Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Marine Transport, made this pledge at the 2015 Award Night of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State Council last Friday.

Gburugburu, as the governor is popularly known as, who was ably represented by the Commissioner for Enugu Capital Development, Mr. Chidi Aroh, assured journalists that the welfare of the people was paramount in the state, adding that the recent suspension of levies on traffic offenders in Enugu was to alleviate the suffering of the motoring public in the hands of the task-force.

Chief Ugwuanyi, who was a PDP Chairmanship aspirant in Udenu LGA in the year 2003, said that he had within the five months of his administration awarded road contracts at over N20 billion meant for the construction and rehabilitation of five roads in the state, which would start in November. He also promised his administration’s respect for the right of journalists to information.

In his own words: "We are transparent and support the anti-corruption drive of the Federal Government. As journalists, you must realise that your responsibilities are akin to the one God gave to judges. You are under obligation because you have to inform the people what government does. Be guided by your conscience.”

According to the governor, who is an erstwhile President of Rotary Club of Emene, his administration will be thrifty in the management of state’s resources. He advised journalists to continue to partner with his government, stressing that the report on the chapel’s tour of the council areas in the state would assist his government to further develop the hinterlands.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Correspondents chapel, Mr. Petrus Obi, stated that the ceremony was to honour individuals who had made outstanding achievements in their chosen careers, adding that of particular significance was the award presented to some chairmen of local councils in the state.

According to him, the chapel had, as part of the press week, embarked on projects tour of the 17 local government areas of the state to substantiate their development claims. He revealed that the findings from the tour were baffling as it exposed the hypocrisy of some chairmen who had nothing to show for the number of years they had been in power.

In Mr. Obi’s words: "Of particular mention is Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area where the chairman claimed to have invested millions of naira in poultry farm but when we got there, we discovered that the claims were all deception. Some of the local government chairmen threatened us not to come to their council but as journalists we were not deterred.”

According to him, just few of the chairmen made lasting impacts on the lives of their subjects and that such achievements were published in a magazine to be launched during the event.