Enugu’s Oil Producing Status: My Biggest Joy Is That My Successor Will Excel – Gov. Ugwuanyi

…Congratulates Enugu-Born UTME’s Second Runner-Up In Nigeria

By Tony Adibe

The Enugu State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has said that his “biggest joy” is that the recent actualisation of his administration’s struggle for Enugu to join the league of states enjoying oil producing status in Nigeria will ensure the fulfillment of his prayer that his preferred successor, Dr. Peter Mbah, who is the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will perform better than him in office, if elected.

Governor Ugwuanyi said that Enugu’s oil producing status is one of the successes of his administration that will bring immense fortunes to the socio-economic development of the state. He said: “I’ m glad that Dr. Mbah will have huge resources to perform better than me if elected.”

He stressed that “it’s a father’s prayer that his son does better than him in life.”

Governor Ugwuanyi spoke at the EXCO Chamber of the Government House, Enugu, when he received, Master Innocent Chikelu Ugwu, a 17-year-old indigene of Enugu State and student of Christ The King College, Gwagwalada, Abuja. Master Ugwu scored 359 points to come second in the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) in the country.

 Governor Ugwuanyi explained that Enugu State under his administration has continued to record milestone achievements despite the challenges it has encountered since its inception in 2015.

NewsBits reports that Master Ugwu from Umabor, Eha Alumona in Nsukka Local Government Area and the son of a former lawmaker who represented Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, Hon. Charles Ugwu, came second in the UTME in the county with three points behind the winner of the first position from Ekiti State who scored 362 points.

Congratulating Master Ugwu for making Enugu State proud, Governor Ugwuanyi said that his administration has recorded feats in various spheres of development because it faithfully and deliberately entrusted the state to the hands of God, adding that “all these good things are coming from God.”

He recalled that his administration came on board when the country’s economy was in recession with Enugu State receiving less than 30% of federal allocations the previous administration received, followed by the outbreak of the strange COVID-19 pandemic which brought a major setback to the entire world in terms of growth and development, the #EndSars protests and another economic recession.

Governor Ugwuanyi, who has gone down in history as the only governor of Enugu State to witness two economic recessions in five years of his administration, the #EndSars protests and COVID-19 pandemic, among others, reiterated that God has been merciful and kind to the state all through these challenges.

Governor Ugwuanyi said that it was a great blessing that an indigene of the state came second in the UTME, informing the student (Ugwu) that it was a deserving privilege for him to be seated and honoured at the EXCO Chamber of the Government House, Enugu. 

Governor Ugwuanyi pointed out that Ugwu’s feat was as a result of hard work, and urged him to continue on that path, saying: “This is a steppingstone for you. I’m convinced that you will grow from strength to strength. It shall continue to be well with you, my son. What brought you here is hard work. May I, as the Governor of Enugu State congratulate you. The state government will reward you accordingly.”

Introducing the UTME second runner-up to Governor Ugwuanyi, his father, Hon. Ugwu, said that members of his family were grateful that the governor granted them audience and was impressed with the performance of their son in the national examination.

In his goodwill message, the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, attributed the feat achieved by Master Ugwu to the prophetic statement by Governor Ugwuanyi that “Enugu State is in the hands of God.” Aroh said that “the young man before us has done marvellously well and has put his family’s name and that of Enugu State on the national map.”

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