Thursday, 12 November 2015


Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
This is surprising! The Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has said that the state government had not assessed the bailout funds from the Federal Government.

Chief Ugwuanyi, otherwise known as Gburugburu, made this development known last Tuesday at the flag-off of some major roads in Enugu. According to him, rumors from some quarters that the state government had received the money are fallacious.

In his own words: “We have not received money in the name of bailout or anything from the Federal Government. We must thank the members of the House of Assembly for their cooperation in approving funds for this project. During our campaign and inauguration, we did promise to commit the state resources to better the lots of our people. We pledged to aggressively address all issues militating against the development of the state, take necessary steps to ease the difficulties and hardship encountered by our people.”

Governor Ugwuanyi stated that the Abakpa Nike and Nike Lake roads were strategic to the economy of the state, but expressed regrets that they were in such deplorable state.

He said: “We listed the roads among the first eight major roads to be reconstructed by the state government and proceeded to award contracts to that effect. It will offer our people relief from excruciating traffic congestion and other setbacks occasioned by their deplorable state. They will also assist us in our urban-rural agricultural industrial development as well as enhance business activities here and beyond”.

According to the bulky governor, who is the immediate past Chairman of the House of Representative Committee on Marine Transport, the government is committed to a timely completion of the roads in spite of the prevailing economic situation in the state.

In his own speech, the Speaker of the Enugu House of Assembly, who is believed to be a stooge of Barrister Sullivan Chime, Hon. Chief Edward Ubosi, expressed joy that the governor had given priority to the Abapka- Nike and Nike Lake roads.

The speaker said that the roads, when completed, would be a big relief to commuters whose usage of the roads had been miserable. He made it clear that the immediate past governor of the state did so well in building road infrastructure in the state, but Governor Ugwuanyi had taken a bold step to surpass the record.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Patrick Ikpenwa, in his speech, said that the caliber of contractors lined up for the project was a clear testimony that the governor meant well for the people, pleading that the residents of the area should identify with and guard the projects for durability as government would not tolerate cutting of the roads after completion without authorisation.