Leaders of Enugu West Senatorial zone of Enugu State, led by former Deputy President of the Senate and Senator representing Enugu West senatorial zone, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday, paid a special visit on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and commended his good governance, pledged absolute commitment towards the sustenance of the existing peace and good governance in the state.
The leaders, who said they were in Government House, Enugu, to wish the governor a Happy New Year, reassured the governor of the support and solidarity of the people of Enugu West Senatorial zone.
Leader of the team, Senator Ekweremadu, described Ugwuanyi as “a symbol of peace that the people of Enugu West Senatorial District will continue to stand by” to ensure that he actualises all his lofty visions for the state.
Ekweremadu commended the governor for his administrative ingenuity as well as the professionalism he displayed in effectively leading Enugu State out of all the challenges that confronted Nigeria in 2020, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and #EndSARS protest which culminated in the nation’s second recession in five years, to remain one of the most peaceful, safest and progressive states in the country.
The former deputy president of the Senate frowned at the handiwork of political jobbers, who, he said, attempted to plant discord in the state.
Ekweremadu reassured Ugwuanyi of the people of Enugu West Senatorial zone’s committed to his administration’s peace and good governance initiatives in the State.
The lawmaker commended Ugwuanyi for the long-held relationship that has been existing between him and the leaders of the Enugu West Senatorial zone saying: “Our prayers and support will continue to go to you because what we want in Enugu State is peace; because, when there is peace, there is progress and you are a symbol of peace.
“Your Excellency, we are here to pay our respect to you and say Happy New Year. It is instructive that we must be here this time of the year to join you in thanking God because last year was quite challenging.
“We had this pandemic called COVID-19. It is very important that we will be here to thank you for how you managed the situation effectively in Enugu State. You provided Medicare and ensured that there was minimal damage in Enugu State. So we will be failing in our duties if we don’t acknowledge that, because the story would have been different if not for your interventions in the health sectors of Enugu State at that very critical moment.
“Last year was also challenging in the social sector, where we had the EndSARS protest. It almost brought Nigeria to a halt, but you managed it carefully and professionally and there was minimal damage in Enugu State. We want to thank you for that too.
“Your Excellency, there were economic hardship arising from those two phenomena (COVID-19 pandemic and #EndSARS protest); most states including federal agencies could not pay salaries, but you paid all the salaries in Enugu State up to December last year.
“So we have reasons to be here this time to come and congratulate you for that management of men and resources.
“Our dear brother, we were not unmindful of the fact that the devil was also at work. We believe that there were also political jobbers who had wanted to plant discord in the state. But again you professionally and skillfully managed it and Enugu State has remained peaceful. We want to thank you so much for this.
“Your Excellency, we want to use this opportunity again to reassure you of the support and solidarity of the people of Enugu West Senatorial District. When you are in government, even in your home, in your organizations, there are bound to be trying periods.
“So, we are not unmindful of the fact that trials may come but the assurance of the people of Enugu West is that if any trail comes, and we pray it will not come, that we will stand by you. And if everybody runs away and there are only one or two persons remaining, those ones must be from Enugu West Senatorial District. By the grace of God, nothing will go wrong in this state in Jesus Name. Amen”.
On their part, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Awgu/Aninri/ Orji River Federal Constituency, Toby Okechukwu and his Udi/Ezeagu counterpart, Dennis Amadi, told Ugwuanyi that they were impressed with the existing peace and good governance in Enugu State, reassuring him of the collective resolve of the people of Enugu West to sustain and promote the enduring peace and progress in the state.
Dignitaries at the event include the Deputy Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Uche Ugwu and other members of House from the zone, the PDP National Youth Leader, Sunday Udeh-Okoye, Senator Hyde Onuaguluchi, State Secretary, PDP, Cletus C. Akalusi, PDP Zonal Chairman (Enugu West), Ozo Okey Ozoani, Garry Eneh, Council Chairmen, Traditional Rulers, among others.