The workers of Enugu State under the auspices of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Thursday passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for what they described as his administration’s giant strides in just two years in office.
Rising from a one-day symposium organized by the state chapter of the TUC to assess the two-year performance of Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration in the state, the workers after listening to speeches delivered by the guest speakers, such as the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo and Chairman of Enugu State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ESCCIMA), Ugo Chime, unanimously said the governor had performed well in office.
Presenting their speeches, the speakers highlighted the achievements of Governor Ugwuanyi with emphasis on peace initiatives, security, good governance, workers’ welfare and infrastructural development especially in the rural areas of the state.
They noted that Enugu State has been enjoying peace and security of lives and property since the inception of the Governor Ugwuanyi administration, saying such feats have made it possible for the entrenchment of good governance in the state despite the current economic challenges in the country.
Mr. Nwodo noted that he was delighted at the kind of peace, love and unity being enjoyed in the state today, telling the workers that it was as a result of the above that “none of you has been arrested or intimidated since the inauguration of this administartion”.
He noted that in spite of the fact that “Enugu State is third from the bottom in the federal allocation list”, the governor has been able to execute numerous road projects mostly in the rural areas and installed street lights to the excitement of dwellers, among others.
Also speaking, the state’s Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Cornelius Nnaji, commended the governor’s achievements, adding he gave the Transitional Chairmen of the 17 Local Government Areas “a free hand to manage our due allocations without any interference as seen in the transparent management of the Local Government share of the Paris Club refund used to offset arrears of salaries and pensions of council workers and pensioners”.
The ESCCIMA Chairman said that Mr. Ugwuanyi’s good governance has attracted foreign investors to the state, disclosing that over N20 billion foreign investments are underway in Enugu State as a result of the conducive business environment created by the governor.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state Chairman of TUC, Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe, stated that the symposium themed “Good Governance and the Development of Enugu State: A focus on the present administration” was designed by the Congress “to generate opinion pool from the various sectors of the economy of Enugu State on the performance of this administration”.
In his response, Governor Ugwuanyi thanked the State Chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) “for deeming it fit and in collaboration with all the civil/public servants in Enugu State to organise this event”.
According to the governor, “we have always said (and I reaffirm), that we will forever be grateful to the organized labour and to all civil servants in Enugu State for the exceptional support and cooperation that they have offered my administration since inception.
“They have indeed remained our trusted allies and partners in the quest to enthrone good governance in Enugu State and I must once again, express my gratitude for their kindness in conferring on me the award of “The Most Labour Friendly Governor in the history of Enugu State during the last Workers’ day or May day celebrations”.