Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Tuesday, inaugurated the 12km Adoration -Ugwuomu Nike-GO Uni Road, reiterating his administration’s commitment to rural development in keeping with the solemn promise in his inaugural address in 2015.
He said that “The major interest of government should be in the rural areas,” adding that his administration purposely captured rural development in his inaugural address to ensure that the dwellers were given a sense of belonging.
The governor stated that the road will stimulate local commerce, economic expansion and enhance quality of life of the populace.
He recalled that the construction of the road commenced in 2018, following his administration’s release of funds to Godfrey Okoye University to execute the project on direct labour basis, under the superintendence of the University’s Physical Planning Department.
Ugwuanyi stressed that alleviating the suffering of the people of the state, especially in the rural areas, through the provision of critical infrastructure and expansion of economic opportunities, has been a major plank of his administration.
He thanked God for the enablement to undertake the massive project in spite of the nation’s economic, security and public health challenges.
He maintained that despite his administration encountering two recessions in five years, God has made it possible for all the state government has achieved so far with the meager resources at its disposal.
“Our administration has executed several landmark projects within the Enugu East Local Government Area, including newly constructed Nike Lake Junction-Harmony Estate-Amorji Nike- Adoration Pilgrimage Centre-Orie Emene Road; Eke Obinagu Junction –Onwunwenabo Akpuoga Nike Road; the rehabilitated National Orthopedic Hospital Junction –Airport Roundabout-Orie Emene –Eke Obinagu Junction (old Enugu –Abakiliki Road); two new Customary Court Buildings and the rehabilitat.Abakpa Nike Health Centre,
Ugwuanyi commended the diligent execution of the road by the Godfrey Okoye University, under the watch of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Christian Anieke, as well as the support and cooperation of the traditional ruler, Town Union leadership and members of the Ugwuomu Nike community towards the project’s success.
Speaking, Prof Anieke thanked Ugwuanyi for the completion of the road project.
The Vice Chancellor described Ugwuanyi as a “loving, caring, deeply religious, indescribably generous, politically sagacious and unwaveringly focused governor”, saying, “There is more to this road that meets the human eye.
“It is therefore not just a road but life, defined and redefined, shaped and reshaped. And perhaps life transmogrified.
“With this road, all levels of human interactions have been smoothened like the beautiful asphalt of the road. With this road, the economic life of all the communities will be improved tremendously and blossom incandescently like Flame of the Forest.
“With this road, an olive branch of invitation as well as warm embrace has been given by this administration under our beloved Governor to more than 20 European companies that will be domiciled in the GO Uni-European Business Park of Godfrey Okoye University”, Anieke said.
He said that that Ugwuanyi has written his name in gold and in the hearts of the people of Emene, Nkwubor, Ugwuomu Nike and Godfrey Okoye University.
Anieke said that the governor “has never failed to underscore the importance of a friendly handshake of the private sector and the public sector, a handshake that will be mutually beneficial to both”.
“The Enugu State Government stretched its financial hand and invited Godfrey Okoye University to do this road. Godfrey Okoye University, filled with gratitude and encouraged by such deep trust and goodwill on the part of government, embarked on this project that is worth about One billion, five hundred million naira and completed it in December last year.
“Let me thank His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi (Gburugburu) and his administration for making the completion of this project possible. I would also like to thank the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu for his support and efforts to ensure that this project is completed.
“I thank the Physical Planning Unit of Godfrey Okoye University, the Enugu State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, the Hon. Commissioner for Works, Engr. Greg Nnaji and his workers, Eketeson, Williangy, Mr. Nnamani Icheku and his team for doing the asphalting of the road and also all those who assisted us in different ways to ensure the completion of this project,” the VC said.
On their part, people of Ugwuomu Nike Community said that the governor has not only wiped their tears but has also given them a sense of belonging as human beings.
Speaking on behalf of the community, the President General of Ugwuomu Nike Town Development Union, Nnanyelugo Felix Nnamani, told Ugwuanyi that their people had “gone through hell over the years and from time immemorial but he has suddenly brought us joy”.
His words: “You (Ugwuanyi) is on record, the first Governor of Enugu State that stepped his feet on Ugwuomu soil and your light is showing boldly in Ugwuomu. We can’t thank you and the State Executive Council enough for remembering Ugwuomu Nike. We therefore beseech God Almighty to hold you, your family and your government in His bold hands for greater results in service to humanity”.
Highlight of the event was the conferment of a Chieftaincy title of “the Okaa Obulu-Uzo 1 of Mbuluanwuri Nike” on Ugwuanyi by the traditional ruler of the autonomous community, Igwe Dr. M.A Ogbuchi, in recognition of the governor’s good works.
Dignitaries at the event include the member representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Prince Cornelius Nnaji, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Greg Nnaji, the Chairman of Enugu East LGA, Alex Ugwu, the Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Gbuji, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Godfrey Okoye University, Prof. Bartho Okolo, and the Management Team of the University, among others.