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The Need for Equity in Enugu Politics, By Hon Lazarus Ogbonna

When Anambra was created out of Enugu, we had Enugu, Abakaliki and Nsukka senatorial zones. When Ebonyi was created out of Enugu State, we had only Enugu and Nsukka senatorial zones left.

In an over night political machinations done by Chief Sen Jim Ifeanyi Chukwu Nwobodo, Enugu Senatorial zone split themselves into two parts namely Enugu East and Enugu West senatorial zones.

Above all, they took Isi Uzo away from Nsukka in order to reduce Nsukka’s numerical strength and permanently marginalise us. Numerical strength that they couldn’t actually dilute for statistics has shown that even with their attempt, Nsukka Senatorial zone still has numerical edge.

The population of an Nsukka is put to about 48% in the state. We have also over 30% of our people living all over the other side of the divide in particular Enugu North LGA. If numerical strength is power in democratic step up such as ours, then it becomes only fair for our brothers in the other side of aisle to reason with us.

This trend worked so well for them so much so that Enugu East produced the Governor in 1999 in the person of Dr Chimaraoke Nnamani. It goes to be noted that in 2007 the same Enugu zone produced yet a Governor in the person of Barr Sullivan Chime. One old senatorial zone with 16 years of unencumbered governance.16, yes 16 years of holding forth to the chagrin of the other.

Our position therefore is that since an Nsukka man has endured 16 years of not leading in a state where they are the majority, it’s only fair that they should be allowed to restart in all this unwritten law of zoning. We are strongly asking Ndi Enugu to look into this point and grant us the fairness of equitable co existence.

Make no mistake to know that we as law abiding citizens of the state will always reciprocate without any doubt this gesture if given the deserved attention.

In event that zoning formula goes to Enugu East, we shall simply abide by it provided equity is applied.

What is equity this situation is that in Enugu East, we have Isi Uzo who for once hadn’t held such a position. We as a people are saying with high level of steadfastness that it has to be Isi Uzo for what is good for the gander is good for the geese. As currently constituted, the Nkanu man in Enugu East Senatorial zone has the Senator, House Rep, Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly to mention but a few while Isi Uzo has none. It’s high time we address the injustice for our overall mutual coexistence.

We appeal to all indigenes of Enugu to see this view as we continue to leave peacefully under God.

Beyond this, the orchestrated attack on our son and the Governor of Enugu State unduly is unbecoming. Yes there has to be criticisms but let it be a guided one.

He has so far done well and that’s there for everyone to see.

If in any event that there are areas of weakness found, let it be said constructively. No man can be all things to all men at the same time, therefore he can be excused while we point out those areas that deserve attention.

In case the undue attack persist, we as a people will have an obligation to defend him and not fold our arms and watch.

Enugu is in the hand of God.

Hon Lazarus Ogbonna, the National Chairman of Adada General Assembly writes from Enugu.

Enugu Governor Dissolves Devt Centres Administration, Hints on New Appointments

Following the expiration of the tenure of the Development Centre Administrators and Members in the 17 Local Government Areas of Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has announced plans by his administration to reconstitute the membership of the Development Centres.

Gov. Ugwuanyi made the announcement during a meeting with the outgone Administrators, and the 17 Local Government Council Chairmen held at the Government House, Enugu, on Tuesday.

The governor who thanked the former Administrators for the services they rendered to their Development Centres, Local Government Areas and the State, disclosed that new Administrators and Members of the Development Centres will be appointed, after due consultation.

ENUGU@29: History, Leadership, Good Governance and Consolidation of Democratic Gains, by Rt Hon Chima Obieze

Enugu State with an estimated population of over 3.8 million people covers an area of 7,161 km2 (2,765sq mi), and ranks 29th out of the 36 States of Nigeria in terms of land area.

The word “Enugu” (from Enu Ugwu ) means “the top of the hill”. The first European settlers arrived in the area in 1909, led by a British mining engineer named Albert Kitson. In his quest for silver, he discovered coal in the Udi Ridge. The Colonial Governor of Nigeria Frederick Lugard took a keen interest in the discovery, and by 1914 the first shipment of coal was made to Britain.

As mining activities increased in the area, a permanent cosmopolitan settlement emerged, supported by a railway system. Enugu acquired township status in 1917 and became strategic to British interests. Foreign businesses began to move into Enugu, the most notable of which were John Holt, Kingsway Stores, the British Bank of West Africa and the United Africa Company.

From Enugu, the British administration was able to spread its influence over the Southern Province of Nigeria. The colonial past of Enugu is today evidenced by the Georgian building types and meandering narrow roads within the residential area originally reserved for the whites, an area which is today called the Government Reserved Area (GRA).

From being the capital of the Southern Provinces, Enugu became the capital of the Eastern Region (now divided into nine States), the capital of now defunct Federal Republic of Biafra , thereafter, the capital of East Central State, Anambra State, (old) Enugu State, and now the capital of the present Enugu State through a process of state creation and diffusion of administrative authority.

Enugu State was formed on 27th August, 1991 when it was split from Anambra State with Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo as the first democratically elected Governor in January 1992 to November 1993 under the auspices of NRC (National Republican Convention). At the birth of the 4th Republic- May 29th, 1999; Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani was sworn in as Governor under the umbrella of PDP(People’s Democratic Party). Barr. Sullivan Chime is the immediate past Governor succeeding Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani. Barr. Chime served from May 29th, 2007 to May 29th, 2015.

Then, the people of Enugu State came out in their droves to elect the most popular Governorship Candidate in the Country during the 2015 General Elections as the product name “Gburu Gburu” resonated across the length and breath of Nigeria.

Gburu Gburu became a household name in the country that it took some time for a good number of people to learn that the real name of the Enugu State Governor sworn into office on May 29th, 2015 is Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi as he took over the reign of Government when Enugu State was 24 where he boldly and unequivocally declared that Enugu State is the Hands of God during his inauguration.

As we celebrate Enugu State at 29, Governor Ugwuanyi has been consolidating Democratic Blueprints and Exploding Democratic Dividends in form of opus for the people of Enugu State who Gburu Gburu refers to as Ndi Enugu.

The people again, showing great confidence in Gov. Ugwuanyi’s leadership, turned out again in 2019 to elect him for a second term.

It is note-worthy that this article is panegyrical of Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s feats in office.

During the recent inauguration of a Bailey Bridge across Nyama River, linking various communities in Enugu, the former Governor of Old Anambra State, said that Gov. Ugwuanyi has wiped away his tears by building the bridge for his community after decades of neglects. Well, the truth remains that Gburu Gburu is not only building physical bridges, he is also building bridges between the Government and the People as he is always accessible, he listens and serve the people to his greatest abilities.

In addition, he is building bridges the Leaders of the State- Political, Religious and Traditional Leaders alike. This was confirmed by Sen. Ekweremadu that “there are no bickerings or quarrels amongst the Leaders of the State”. Truly, Gov. Ugwuanyi is bringing everybody together irrespective of Political affiliations thereby treating everybody with utmost respect, equity, fairness and justice.

One of the biggest achievements of the Gov. Ugwuanyi led adminstration is that Peace, Security and Political Stability is now synonymous with Enugu State.

This has also driven up investment rates, rapid development and economic growth leading to Job Creations, Massive Employment and prosperity for Ndi Enugu. In addition, prompt payment of workers’ salaries cannot be over-emphasised as the State’s labour force is highly motivated with diverse incentives as well as payment of new minimum wage before each month end with 13th Month payment.

Succinctly, the Score Card shows very high bars in aggressive Rural Developments, untiring Urban Renewal, excellent Healthcare Delivery evident in the fight against COVID-19; improved Basic Education, rapid Infrastructural Growth making Enugu a conducive Business Hub and also Business & Agro Development/Support Scheme and many other feats by the Governor.

Besides, Gov. Ugwuanyi has shown great leadership and courageous steps in keeping Enugu State relatively safe from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world. Ndi Enugu can also testify that there has been a huge recovery in the robust economy of the State as the Governor advises all to adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines continually.

And to those who are yet to appreciate the Leadership of this gentle Lion-Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, I assure you you will miss him when he is gone. The air of peace, security, love & unity we enjoy today in Enugu has never been the same.

Just yesterday the Remodelled Enugu International Airport was reopened for operations. While we thank President Buhari for releasing the funds for this project and thank Igbo leaders who followed through to remind the President the importance of this one International Airport in the Southeast, may we appreciate the Governor who went out of his way to see and deal with this project as if its a State Government project. Providing the FG, the Contractors and FAAN all necessary assistance to ensure that the Airport is completed and up & running. This is because, Gov. Ugwuanyi understands that being the Governor of Enugu State is being incharge of the Capital of the entire Eastern region.

Again, for the first time in the politics of Enugu State, youths are beginning to have an inroad into governance. Gov. Ugwuanyi has provided a platform for mentorship for future leaders of the State by bringing them closer to the Seat of power so they can see for themselves how things are done and to prepare them for the future as it is clearly visible that there is transference of leadership qualities from the Governor to his protégées which some of us are privileged to be.

Furthermore, very worthy to mention is the cordial working relationship that Gov. Ugwuanyi has established between the three Arms of Government in the State- Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. These working relationship has translated to speedy delivery of Democracy Dividends, Equity, Fairness and Justice for all.

As Enugu State hits 29, it is imperative to note that the Governor is not resting on his Laurel as he has vowed to continue working tirelessly for Ndi Enugu, thereby taking Enugu State to Greater Heights.

Therefore, through the tacit permission of Our Governor, I Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze, Member; Representing Ezeagu Constituency at the Enugu State House of Assembly, hereby enjoin the great people of Enugu State to keep their hands on the plough without looking back as we all in unison drive this great State led by Rt. Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Lawrence Ugwuanyi to increasingly greatness because we all are “Enugu “(city on the hill).

Rt. Hon. Chima Emmanuel Obieze, is the member representing Ezeagu Constituency in Enugu State House of Assembly. He writes from Enugu.

The Unshakable Personality of Prince Lawrence Ezeh, by Ifebuchi Williams

Obviously, Engr Ezeh is an unshakable personality which I may not be able to elucidate further on, as most of the evidences abound around us.

It is also crystal clear that, Engr Lawrence Ezeh, the five star Prince of Mburubu town, in Nkanu East Local Government Council of Enugu State is an unshakable resource person following his unpretentious and unprecedented track records.He is a man whose heart is open and ready to give back to the society at all costs, despite having little at his disposal without minding what society can do for him.

Engr Ezeh, who is also known as’ Agu di Ebube nke mbu n’Nkanu, CEO, Buzuzu Construction Company and Chairman of Prince and Princess Lawrence Ezeh’s Foundation, Deep Well Technical Ltd to mention but a few, is a servant leader, who practically understands the possible solution towards salvaging sociocultural, economic and political issues with moral and ethical principles of leadership.No doubt, Engr Ezeh, the illustrious son of Mburubu, born in the family of His Royal Majesty, Igwe E. M. O Ezeh (JP) Eze Ozulumba nke mbu na Mburubu Kingdom is a bridge builder who has friends and wide contacts across the globe as a detribalized man and astute leader cum business mogul.

Ezeh is also a servant leader who understands the problems, with a willing heart towards providing the needed remedy.

Ezeh for ages now has been providing the needed approaches in other to fix difficulties in his community, local government as well Enugu State, even at the national level of Nigeria Government.

Most recent of this is his goodwill towards alleviating hunger among his people, especially to the vulnerable ones in his town following the outbreak of coronavirus also known as covid-19.His efforts have indeed attracted awards, loyalists, friends, who have had his generosity etched in their minds.

As a certified Engineer, Prince Ezeh has demonstrated a huge contribution in the service to humanity by embarking on several roads and bridge construction in Nkanu East LGA, of which his community and other nearby towns in Nkanu East LGA can testify to, as the direct benefactors and recipients of such a favor and unprecedented service to humanity.

May God bless the founder of Aka Ekpuchi Onwa Political Organization. Prince (Engr) Lawrence Ezeh, a man with an incorruptible spirit who is ready to tender himself as a sacrificial lamb for the continuity of Enugu State leadership prowess at all levels.

This is to say that, Ezeh as an unshakable personality, is among the top personalities that has the requisite skills, ability and liberal mind to deliver true and passionate democracy in Enugu State if giving such privilege and opportunity come 2023.

Ifebuchi Williams Chime, a youth leader, writes from Enugu State.

Enugu govt flags off decontamination of schools ahead of resumption

The Enugu State Government, on Friday, flagged off comprehensive decontamination and fumigation of secondary schools in the state, ahead of resumption of academic activities.

The exercise is being carried out by the State Fire Service, led by its Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa.

It would be recalled that Enugu State Government, on March 24, 2020, closed all educational institutions in the state, as part of proactive measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The state government directed all public officers/civil servants to work from home till further notice, except those on essential services, and has been paying them salaries, including the teachers, as and when due, since then.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the flag off, which took place at Queen’s School Enugu, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, who monitored the exercise alongside the Chairman of Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) Barr. Nestor Ezeme, said that it was Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s directives that “all our schools, classrooms, dormitories and school premises should be decontaminated and fumigated in preparation for resumption”.

Prof. Eze disclosed that “this is to ensure that when the students and teachers are back to schools, they will be safe to learn in conducive environment”.

The commissioner added that the exercise will take place in all the schools and will be completed on or before the evening of Monday, August 3, 2020.

He pointed out that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has utilized the four months of break in academic activities “in renovation and expansion of our school facilities to ensure that we have enough space for our children to maintain social distancing when they return to schools.

“In fact, a few days ago, His Excellency himself moved round schools to inspect our state of readiness and this decontamination and fumigation exercise, which is very important, is going to be the last stage of our preparation”, Prof. Eze said.

Also speaking, the PPSMB Chairman, Barr. Ezeme, added that “our education friendly Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi during the four months of lockdown had paid our teachers, totaling 11,000 in number their salaries, from the 22nd to the 23rd of every month”.

He said that the teachers are coming back to schools, ready and much energized, expressing optimism that their output will be maximized.

In his speech, the State Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Ohaa stated that the decontamination and fumigation exercise will be carried out simultaneously in about 297 secondary schools, saying: “We are sure that on or before evening of Monday, we will complete it”.

Engr. Ohaa revealed that the state fire service offices at different local government areas have been mobilized to carry out the exercise, reassuring that the schools will be ready “for students and their teachers to be safe when they return”.

He maintained that the Enugu State government has been consistent with the decontamination of its public places since the outbreak of COVID-19, stressing that “there is no other state that is as consistent as Enugu State”.

Appreciating Gov. Ugwuanyi’s efforts towards enhancing the standard of education in the state as well as the welfare and safety of the students and their teachers, the Principal of Queen’s School Enugu, Mrs. Ada Nweke, said that the teachers will ever remain grateful to the governor for his commitment and good works in the education sector and beyond.

Infrastructure Collapse: Enugu’s Gov Ugwuanyi advised to constitute inspection team

An Enugu based social activist and the ADC House of Assembly (Nkanu East Constituency) Candidate 2019: Hon. David C Ani has urged the Enugu State Government led by H.E Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to as a matter of urgency form an Independent Project Inspection team that will monitor infrastructural projects going on in the state to ensure compliance to standards by contractors.

Ani made this call in a Press Release he sighed anf sent to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd following the collapse of Emene -Abakpa newly constructed road.

He recounted that many roads constructed by this administration have pot holes already, due to the projects being executed by amateur contractors who were awarded such contracts as a means of settlement and as such uses inferior materials in the construction of these roads.

“Poor monitoring; little or no supervision and inspection while constructing these roads is what gave rise to all these deplorable conditions we find our roads, or how do we explain that a road that was commissioned two months ago has massive port holes”, he stated.

He added that the Governor should appoint a team from the opposition that will adequately work without sentiment and would be strict in enforcing zero tolerance in their service delivery.

Hon David C Ani who has been firing missiles at the state government for weeks now, argued that “Enugu State belong to all of us and we will not allow it to collapse under anybody.”

“Where the Governor does well, we will commend and encourage him to do more. And where he doesn’t, we draw his attention to it and urge him to do the needful.

He also emphasized on how committed his team, Nigeria Youth Advocacy for Good Governance Initiative (NYAGGI) are willing to support and encourage good governance in Enugu State and added that the team shall embark on an acountability tour to various Ministries in State starting from July 2020.

Democracy Day: Ugwuanyi inaugurates multiple projects across Enugu State+PHOTOS

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Friday, amid jubilation, inaugurated multiple development projects in the University town of Nsukka, executed by his administration, as part of the activities commemorating this year’s Democracy Day celebration.

The projects included a modern complex of eight Magistrate Court Halls and another complex of two High Court Halls with one Open Registry at Nsukka Judicial Division, located at the GRA, Nsukka. The governor also commissioned many internal roads in the University town of Nsukka.

Inaugurating the court buildings, Gov. Ugwuanyi stated that the event “marks yet another significant milestone in our efforts to reposition the judiciary of our state to perform its mandate of ensuring the concordance of our society with all extant laws and tenets of democracy, human rights, fundamental freedoms etc”.

The brief colourful event was attended by his Deputy, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the Honourable Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Centus C. Nweze, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Ngozi P. Emehelu, President of the State Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice George Nnamani, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Onah, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. Augustine Nnamani, other members of the State Assembly, State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji and other State Executive Council (EXCO) members, etc.

Gov. Ugwuanyi acknowledged and appreciated the State Chief Judge for her unwavering support and “transparent leadership”, which he said culminated to the success of the event. Gov. Ugwuanyi further stressed that his administration is committed to bequeathing to the state “a judiciary capable of administering justice in a timely, efficient and accessible manner”.

The governor pointed out that the commitment was demonstrated in his administration’s extensive simultaneous infrastructural transformation in the various Judicial Divisions and Magisterial Districts, which includes extensive renovation of the State Judiciary Headquarters complex in Enugu, construction of one High Court, eleven Magistrate Courts and two Open Registries and the permanent site of the State Customary Court of Appeal Headquarters complex completed with landscaping and perimeter fence at the Three Arms Zone of the Independence Layout, Enugu.

Other interventions, according to the governor, include the construction of 34 model Customary Courts across the state, two per LGA – 24 of them have been completed while the remaining 10 are at different levels of completion.

In her address, Hon. Justice Emehelu, who described Gov. Ugwuanyi as “God’s gift to Enugu State”, thanked and congratulated him for inaugurating the projects.

Justice Emehelu told the governor that she was overwhelmed with joy “by the love, attention and support the judiciary of Enugu State has received and still receiving from your administration.”

She added: “I therefore seize this opportunity to express the profound appreciation of the judiciary of Enugu State for all you have done”.

Inaugurating the internal roads, Gov. Ugwuanyi said that the projects were in fulfillment of his administration’s inaugural address to create more urban areas to boost economic growth and equip and modernize Nsukka, “a University town founded many decades ago, to compete with other University towns in attracting technology and knowledge-based businesses and other industrial support ventures, bearing in mind that Nsukka is the second largest town in Enugu”.

He added that the roads will enhance connectivity and access to homes and business premises as well as economy of the city.

The governor recalled that his administration had in its first term delivered the state-of-the-art 11.6KM Opi-Nsukka dual carriageway with a spur to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) gate “which equally enhanced movement in and out of the University”.

According to him, “this road also provided the much needed infrastructural services to the University and showcased the first underground functional drainage system in this part of the world”.

Emphasizing his administration’s procurement policy of ‘start-to-finish’, the governor disclosed that the contracts for the internal roads were awarded to qualified contractors with proven and verified track records on road construction, namely; Ferotex Construction Company Limited, Marcico International Alliance Limited, Eketeson Nig. Ltd and Usmomen Nig. Ltd.

GOV. IFEANYI UGWUANYI AND HIS FIVE YEARS OF NRASHI POLITICS, By Ken Eluma Asogwa

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence – Robert J. Hanlon.

In simpler words, the above quote means: some bad things happen not because of people having bad intentions, but because they did not think it through properly; it means that a leader’s foibles and eccentricity in matters of governance should not at all times be dignified with the attribution of any modicum of intentional thoughts. Hanlon tries to posit, albeit correctly, that sometimes leaders hide under the cover of malice to veil their crass ineptitude.

Nrashi, for the benefit of those who are not Nsukka people, simply means stomach infrastructure (apologies to former Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State). In Fela’s lexicon, it is called Paddy Paddy Government. It is also called chop make I chop. It is the most vacuous, thoughtless political philosophy I have come to know.

My first encounter with this Nrashi phrase dates back to 2014, after the emergence of the Governor as the PDP flag bearer. In a dinner organized by the then outgoing governor, Sullivan Chime, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, I made my way to then Candidate Ugwuanyi to congratulate him on his emergence as the ticket holder. He was flanked by the duo of Sullivan and Chief Vita Abba, the then PDP Chairman of the state. On congratulating him on his emergence, the response I got from him was “iji arashi” (you will lick). At first it didn’t mean anything to me, but as the slogan later became the popular refrain that defined his campaign I began interrogating the underlining philosophy behind it.

How Enugu State ended up in the hands of a governor who ideologically believes in nothing beggars belief! Recently, I watched the viral video of a frustrated young man (ostensibly from Nsukka) pouring invective on the Governor. Amongst other things he said, he queried why the governor could not maintain mundane infrastructures as negligible as street lights left behind by the Governor’s predecessor. He ended by asking: ‘what is wrong with you, young man? ‘

As harsh and scathing as ‘what is wrong with you, young man’ could be, the speaker couldn’t have delivered it better. In Enugu State, we are presently dealing with a governor who has spent five years clowning. I keep asking what this governor represents and no answer has been provided, save for the usual platitudes of Nrashi and the like. A friend had cause to tell me that ‘at least he represents treachery’. I will deal with the issue of this treachery in a subsequent article.

Whilst not trying to promote bad leadership ideals, the truth is that a leader should be known for what he/she stands for – whether good or bad – and should at all times strive to uphold such ideals. Ugwuanyi is lacking in character; his idea of poverty alleviation is a strange pedestrian sharing of money to political jobbers in a delusional, warped, crude and jaundiced Nrashi philosophy.

Each time I visit Enugu, especially Nsukka, as I always do, I come back to Abuja very dejected and disappointed. My disappointment stems largely from the realization that the Governor is still popular amongst an average Nsukka youth (the very people he has misgoverned) and I keep wondering what fuels it. The usual renditions and chants of Gburugburu (Gburugburu is the Governor’s sobriquet) that often rent the air, even in the midst of poverty, still inexplicably subsist.

It is against the above backdrop that I wish to interrogate the philosophical underpinning of the Nrashi concept of Governor Ugwuanyi and the Gburuism movement (A certain joker sometime in 2016 began an annual lecture series tagged Gburuism). The administration of Governor Ugwuanyi just clocked five (5) years on 29th May, 2020 with only two years of effective leadership remaining. This is so bearing in mind that the entire 2022 will be dedicated to 2023 politics. Though this administration has not ended, five (5) years is enough to assess the life and times of a eight-year tenure administration. The signs are truly very ominous in terms of how it will end. As they say, the jury is out already.

Beyond closing down of Ogbete Market because the shop owners allegedly derisively referred to him as a woman, one finds it difficult pointing out what can stand as the legacy project of this governor. Even at that, I got astounded in the Ogbete story to hear that this governor could even have the nerves to bite at all. This is a governor who was filmed weeping, in what could best be described as a made-for-the-camera show, while visiting the gory site of where the hapless natives of Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani LGA of the State were mowed down in their tens by some murderous herdsmen, only to be seen in less than 24 hours cheering and laughing while leaving the Presidential Villa after his visit to the State House.

In short, he granted an interview (the first and only of such chance interface with the media in his five (5) years of leadership) with the State House Correspondents wherein he laughed all through like a drowning man without saying anything to reassure his people that he was with them. What and who was Governor Ugwuanyi afraid of on that fateful day?

Today, Ohaneze and some Southern leaders are shouting that Igbos are facing existential threat owing to the spate of influx of strange faces to the East, and Enugu being a borderline state, is the most vulnerable and worst hit already. Videos have gone viral of some young men who were caught in their large numbers migrating to Obollo-Afor, a transit town lying about 4 kilometers from the Governor’s hometown, Orba. One would have expected this to jolt Gburugburu into action but not this governor – he is simply clueless!

When this governor was sworn in, we were treated to how he was planning to build a world-class hospital at Orba, his hometown ; how he hoped to bring back the Ada Rice of yore by revitalizing the agricultural potentials of Adani; we were regaled with tales of how Nsukka town would be transformed to meet the status of a university community hosting the first indigenous university in Nigeria; the Nrashi apostles titillated us with how industries would be established across the state to offer employment to our people. All those positive optimisms and mass hysteria that greeted his emergence have all turned into a mirage as none was actualized.

For the education of this governor who does not understand the concept of Nrashi – even though he can validly lay claims to its patent – I wish to let him know that Nrashi means creating jobs and offering employment to the people where they could earn salaries and have money in their pockets; Nrashi means ensuring good education and offering of scholarships to the educationally-sound less- privilegged ones so they can acquire education and break the cycle of poverty plaguing their families; someone should help me tell Governor Ugwuanyi that Nrashi is when he builds hospital in Orba, his hometown, and his people are granted easy access to quality health care; Nrashi is when he builds affordable housing units in Enugu and the real people who truly need such low cost houses are given opportunities to own houses in the state. These and many more should define Nrashi, and not the very thoughtless idea of servicing political hangers-on.

I will end this intervention by stating that as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has decided to run with the hare while hunting with the hounds by emptying Enugu Sate’s cookey jar in appeasement of political jobbers, someone should remind him that time is ticking. Ben Ayade just wept on realizing that he has spent five (5) years in power without anything to show for it. Does this Governor even have the prescience of mind to weep? I doubt!

Mr. Asogwa, a lawyer, wrote this piece from Abuja.

Five COVID-19 patients in Enugu State test negative, discharged

… As govt gives details of one new case

The Enugu State Ministry of Health announces that five (5) COVID-19 confirmed positive cases in the state have tested negative and consequently discharged from the isolation and treatment centres.

However, one more positive case has been confirmed in the state.

Total number of cases for Enugu State is now 19, with 6 active cases and 13 discharged.

The new COVID-19 patient (Case 19) is a 40 year old female, who hails from Igbo-Etiti LGA of Enugu State and returned home from Lagos State in violation of the restriction order on inter-state movement.

Economic Diversification: Enugu govt donates vehicle to ECCIMA

The Enugu State Government, in a bid to encourage the laudable vision of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), towards the diversification of the state’s economy for job creation and exploration of the non-oil sectors for the sustenance of the state’s development agenda, yesterday, donated a vehicle to the organization to enable it discharge her duties more efficiently.

Presenting the vehicle to the body at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, disclosed that “this donation is to assist your esteemed organization to execute your daily activities bearing in mind the importance of your engagements to the economic growth of our dear state”.

The Deputy Governor noted that ECCIMA, since its inception, has been partnering Enugu State government in so many ways, stressing that the state government is interested in the diversification of the economy to create the needed opportunity for non-oil sectors to thrive in the state, “especially now that oil has become volatile in the international market”.

According to her, “ECCIMA has been a worthy partner in the development of our state’s economy and this is why the state government deemed it necessary to provide you people with this brand new bus to aid your services in the state”.

In his remark, the Vice President of ECCIMA, Dr. Jasper Nduagwuike, who received the vehicle on behalf of the President, described Gov. Ugwuanyi’s gesture as a welcome development geared towards the full realization of the organization’s vision for the state.

Dr. Nduagwuike who said that the donation was a thing of joy, noted that the organization had made the request for a bus to successive administrations but to no avail.

He therefore expressed delight that “Gov. Ugwuanyi is the one who provided the vehicle”, saying: “This means that the governor is very much interested in the diversification of the state’s economy for its inherent benefit to the people of Enugu State”.

The Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya joined the Deputy Governor in the presentation of the vehicle.