New council chairmen: How far can they go to bring development to the state
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, of Enugu state, Monday inaugurated the newly-elected chairmen of the 17 Local Government Areas in the state and their deputies with a charge not to betray the confidence reposed in their leadership capacities and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by the electorate.
The Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC), had on Sunday, declared candidates of the PDP winners of chairmanship and councillorship seats contested in all the 17 LGAs and 260 electoral wards in the state, respectively and issued Certificates of Return to the new chairmen, accordingly.
Speaking during the inauguration, Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed delight that the people of the state turned out in their numbers to elect the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the PDP in all the 17 LGAs and 260 electoral wards, and enjoined the newly-inaugurated chairmen and councilors to “exercise your popular mandates with the fear of God.”
The governor also charged the chairmen to lead with utmost sense of transparency, accountability, probity, and humaneness, advising that “in very difficult economic times like this, your government must wear a human face and work to lift our people out of poverty.”
According to the governor, “We want to see competitive development in the construction and maintenance of feeder roads, health facilities, primary educational facilities, portable water, rural electrification, and investment in agriculture, among others.”
While acknowledging the untiring efforts of his administration in enhancing the security of the state, Gov. Ugwuanyi further charged the new chairmen to complement the state government’s efforts and prioritize security and peace in their respective local governments, for the state to achieve more progress.
Governor Ugwuanyi promised that his administration will not interfere whatsoever in the running of the councils, saying that “instead we will continue to synergize with the councils to better the lots of the rural areas where the overwhelming population of our people live.”
He applauded ENSIEC and the security agencies for providing the necessary resources and environment “for our people to freely exercise their franchise and have their votes count.
Earlier in his brief remark, Archbishop Chukwuma, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the peaceful and successful conduct of the LG election in the state, describing the exercise as “transparent and violence-free”.
The cleric tasked the newly-inaugurated chairmen to raise their performance bar in line with the people-oriented programmes of Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration especially at the grassroots.
The colourful event was attended by dignitaries and party leaders, including Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and other members of the National Assembly from the state, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, and his colleagues, State Chairman of PDP, Hon. Augustine Nnamani, and members of his executive.
Others include Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Senators Fidelis Okoro, Hyde Onuaguluchi, Gilbert Nnaji, Chief Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu, former National Woman Leader of PDP, Chief Mrs. Josephine Anenih, former State Chairman of PDP Dr. Charles Egumgbe, Engr. Vita Abba, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, revered traditional rulers, among others.