It was a festival of gratitude and jubilation at the event marking the 2018 Democracy Day celebration in Enugu State as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi reassured people of the state of his administration’s firm resolve to continue to put them first and fulfill its promises.
Addressing the people of Enugu State at the colourful and well attended ceremony, Gov. Ugwuanyi in his address christened “a festival of gratitude”, listed the numerous achievements his administration has recorded so far in all spheres of development to improve their living standard as the true heroes of democracy.
Gov. Ugwuanyi who was overwhelmed by the large turnout of leaders and people of the state at the event expressed immense gratitude to them, adding that it was also “a day of gratitude to God Almighty from whom all blessings flow and whose ceaseless grace has continued to sustain and give us a lifting up in the midst of the current economic realities”.
The governor congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the leadership and members of the National Assembly; the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the entire judiciary; fellow governors, among others on the nation’s 19th Democracy Day celebration and third anniversary of the present administration.
The governor stated that his administration has made tremendous progress in the past three years in spite of the challenges it was confronted with at inception in 2015 such as the “huge debts profile of the State breathing down our necks, huge salary and pension arrears confronting us in the midst of economic crunch and very depleted revenues from the centre occasioned by the fall in oil revenues”.
Dedicating the successes recorded so far by his administration to God, Gov. Ugwuanyi disclosed that the government also employed utmost determination, aggressive revenue drive and prudent management of available resources to render good governance in the state.
He reassured the excited and enthusiastic residents of the state and teeming supporters that his administration will continue to honour God and run a focused, developmental and conscience-driven leadership, reaffirming its commitment to consolidate on rural development to enhance participatory democracy.
Gov. Ugwuanyi further stated that his administration in keeping with the constitution of the country has made frantic efforts towards the security and welfare of the people of the state, saying:
“To the glory of God, Enugu is now rated as one of the most peaceful and secure states across the Federation. We are most grateful to God, the good people of Enugu State, the church, and the security agencies for making this possible”.
According to the governor, “we partnered and supported the security agencies to build their capacities to rise to the challenges of securing a modern society.
We launched the Enugu State Security/Neigbourhood Watch Endowment Fund and provided support in the forms of vehicles and equipment to complement the efforts of the security agencies”.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State acknowledging cheers from jubilant residents of the state during the 2018 Democracy Day celebration held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, yesterday.