Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has stated that local
governments in the state have made no financial contributions
whatsoever, towards the execution of state government projects across
the nooks and crannies of the state.
The governor explained that his administration executes its
developmental projects through federal allocations, grants or loans as
well as the state’s internally generated revenue.
Gov. Ugwuanyi gave the explanation at Nsukka during a grand reception
in his honour by the people of Nsukka town in recognition of his
massive infrastructural development of the area, despite the
prevailing economic challenges in the country.
The governor noted that the achievements his administration has
recorded so far in the state were in line with the collective decision
of the state’s stakeholders, whom he said, “graciously approved our
plans for the development of the state especially with regards to
critical infrastructure and provision of essential amenities”.
He equally reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to equitable
development of the state, expressing joy that with “this approach and
with your unrelenting prayers, many of the promises we made have
become concrete realities today”.
“You will recall that in the course of our electioneering campaigns,
we made promises regarding the development of Nsukka and other parts
of the state.
“Also in my inaugural address, we promised to pay a special attention
to rural development and to create more urban areas to boost economic
growth. In line with this, we pledged to equip and modernize Nsukka –
a university town founded over half a century ago – to compete with
other university towns in attracting technology and knowledge-based
businesses and other industrial support ventures.
“Shortly afterwards, we called a meeting of stakeholders of Enugu
State at the Old Government Lodge, Enugu during which the
stakeholders, graciously approved our plans for the development of the
state especially with regards to critical infrastructure and provision
of essential amenities.
“The State House of Assembly also approved a supplementary budget for
the execution of vital developmental projects and other services. It
is therefore apparent that the achievements of this administration,
has been the result of a collective effort”, the governor stated.
The governor expressed gratitude to the people of Nsukka town for the
reception, and thanked the members of the State House of Assembly and
Enugu State Stakeholders, for their unprecedented support, sacrifices
and contributions towards the success of his administration, adding
that the projects it has done at Nsukka such as the construction of
vital roads; the installation of street lights, the upgrading of
health and other public facilities, among others, have given the
university town a new look and lifted the quality of life for its
In his welcome address, the president-general of Nsukka Town Union,
Chief Donatus Chinweaku said that Nsukka town prior to the assumption
of Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration was in a pitiable condition due to
lack of infrastructure and other basic amenities, thanking God for the
governor’s vision and support of the State House of Assembly and
stakeholders of the state for the development of the university town
“Your Excellency, we lack words to express our immeasurable joy for
having a brave and courageous Lion like you. Today, Nsukka history
will never be complete without mentioning you in a special way. This
is because what the town had been yearning for has been made real,
physical and evidence-based in terms of getting commensurate
democratic dividends given our unalloyed and total support for your
administration”, the president general said.