By Tony Adibe
The Enugu State Governor-elect, Dr Peter Mbah, has said that the blueprint of his incoming government to transform Enugu State is achievable. Dr Mbah stated this on Thursday at the official inauguration of the 60-man Transition Committee he appointed to ensure smooth transition to his administration on May 29.
Mbah expressed optimism that members of the committee, made up of technocrats, transparency and accountability advocates, financial and management experts, entrepreneurs, as well as tech and innovation specialists would apply their vast experiences, expertise, and ideas in developing a policy and action plan for his incoming administration.
Mbah said: “Today in Enugu, I inaugurated our Transition Committee led by Engr Ike Chioke. I feel honoured to have some of our best brains accept to serve our dear State in this regard. Among them are technocrats, transparency and accountability advocates, financial and management experts, entrepreneurs, as well as tech and innovation specialists.
“With their vast experiences, expertise and ideas, the committee will dissect my developmental plans for Enugu State and translate them into policies and action plans with specific deliverable timelines.”
He said that although incoming administration’s development plans might seem unachievable “but we are optimistic that with the vision we have, Enugu will take the enviable position it occupied in terms of development.”
The Governor-Elect further stated: “I know doubters and critics may doubt our plans to transform Enugu, but we believe that they can be achieved because they are achievable.”
Mbah also said that their plans to provide jobs for the teeming youths of the state and equip them with digital skills could be achieved when their plans are put into action, which the Committee, would help to fine-tune. Mbah, who pledged to make Enugu great or even greater, emphasised that they are committed to serving the people. He added: “We are resolved to see that our plans are realised. We are fully committed to the ease of doing business to make Enugu enviable.”
In his speech, the Committee Chairman, Engineer Chioke, said that to show Enugu that tomorrow is really here, as is the catch word of the governor-elect, he charged Mbah to hit the ground running to ensure that within 180 days, Enugu people would feel the impact of a new government. “The honour you will do for us, the Transition Committee, is that in 100 days, you would have done something tangible to show that, indeed, tomorrow is here.”
The Co-chairman of the Committee and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Professor Simon Ortuanya said that they, as a government, would do everything possible to ensure a seamless transition and to equally do anything possible to assist the incoming administration.
Ortuanya, however, charged Mbah to have tall dreams like the former leaders such as Zik, Michael Okpara had about Ndigbo to transform Enugu. Professor of Political Economy and Management, Pat Utomi, also sent a goodwill message to the transition team via zoom, recalling his memorable days at University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and Enugu metropolis.