Enugu State develops despite dysfunction elsewhere in Nigeria
Although much of Nigeria today is marked by insecurity, economic backsliding, and rampant corruption, Enugu State has distinguished itself for uninterrupted progress.
5 April 2021
Nigeria’s multiple crises are well known: rampant insecurity, corruption, economic stagnation linked to tariffs and excessive regulations, and environmental degradation, among others. But sometimes the exceptions to the general trend can reveal as many insights as the overall picture itself.
Enugu State arguably constitutes the most prominent departure from Nigeria’s current downward trajectory.
Displaced persons flock to the state for its positive security profile. Freshly-tarred roads are swept clean daily. Construction sites bustle with workers building new workshops and schools.
A review of recent news from Enugu State suggests a positive course toward rapid development.
Enugu State is showing the way in the provision of clean water to residents. Recent investments include a N600 million project to implement a network of twelve boreholes, a water treatment plant, and a pumping station.
Putting a priority on rural development and infrastructure, Gov. Ugwuanyi spearheaded the construction of a new road, the Ugwuomu Nike-Godfrey Okoye University road, in the Enugu East LGA, serving the two communities of Emene and Ugwuomu Nike. Good roads enhance effective penetration of security services, farmers’ access to markets, and commute times to workplaces and healthcare facilities.
Apropos of healthcare, Gov. Ugwuanyi has made that a prime concern in his eight-point agenda. Equipping and renovating hospitals, expanding training for healthcare professionals, and specialty services for women and children have all stood out as accomplishments in the sector.
First Lady Monica Ugwuanyi in particular has demonstrated a commitment and special passion for the health of Enugu State residents. Through her Free Maternal and Child Health Programme, she helps ensure excellent care for women, children, and newborns.
The World Health Organisation has recognized Gov. Ugwuanyi for his outstanding leadership in expanding citizens’ access to primary care. The state government recognizes that primary care is the a to prevention, containment of costs, and judicious use of scarce resources.
Education is another key component of the Enugu State’s development agenda. Recognizing that human capital will constitute the core asset in a global economy marked by mechanization and technology, the administration has executed 1,355 projects benefiting the primary and secondary schools in the state.
To ensure the formation of cadres and scientists to lead Enugu State’s future development, the Ugwuanyi administration has provided strategic assistance to the Enugu State University of Science and Technology. This institution awarded the governor an honorary doctorate in public administration to recognize his effective governance.
Of all the components of good government, security probably ranks as the most foundational element, since nothing can be achieved without public safety.
In this sphere also, Gov. Ugwuanyi has demonstrated his commitment to the development of Enugu State. Recent recognition for the state executive’s achievements in the security sector have come from the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, and from the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Enugu State Command, Valentine Ezenyimuru.