GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said his administration has paid June salaries of workers without receiving the federal allocation.
Ugwuanyi added that despite the fact that he assumed office at the time the country’s economy was
in severe recession, his administration has been regular in payment of workers’ salaries, even when 27 states could not pay.
Speaking on Saturday, during an endorsement rally for his re-election in 2019 by the people of the
Opi N’Ato Kingdom in Opi, Nsukka Local Government Area, Ugwuanyi attributed the successes recorded by his administration, in spite of the nation’s economic challenges, to God’s grace
and the state government’scommitment to the wellbeing of the people.
The monthly meeting of Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) on Wednesday, where June allocations was to be shared among the federal, states and local governments, ended in deadlock.
Ugwuanyi, who was overwhelmed by the large turnout of people at the rally, reassured the people that
his administration will continue to cater for the people and initiate programmes that would address their needs, saying: “Since we handed Enugu State into the hands of God, we can see His hands in all we do.”
The governor thanked the people for their support, solidarity and endorsement, urging them to
embrace peace and unity for rapid development.
“what is paramount to us is good governance and development of the rural areas,” he said.
Earlier, the President General of Federated Opi Town Union, Dr. Sam Ugwuoti, commended Ugwuanyi for his good works across the state, especially “the beautification and
rehabilitation of the OpiNsukka Road into a modern and beautiful dual-carriageway with streetlights.”
Ugwuoti assured the governor that the people of Opi “will continue to sup- port you” and “assure you
unreservedly that in 2019, God will still keep you there in your seat as Enugu state governor to continue to shepherd the people of God.
“Your Excellency, we assure you of our votes. Everybody here has a perma- nent voter’s card (PVC). We
shall vote for you and your team. We shall return you to the Lion Building,” they declared.
Other prominent figures at the event includes the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; senator representing Enugu North senatorial district, Chuka Utazi; member representing Nsukka/Igbo Eze South federal constituency.
Others are Dr. Pat Asa- du; Senator Fidelis Okoro; Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Patrick
Omeje; Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Ruler, Igwe Lawrence Abuguzu; former state chairman, Vita Abba; Director General, South East Governors’ Forum, Prof. Simon Ortuanya; Deputy Chairman of the council, Cosmas Agbo; and Dr. Dan Shere.