• Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

    Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (popularly known as "Gburugburu") (born 20 March 1964) is a Nigerian politician who was elected as the Executive Governor of Enugu State in April 2015, and was sworn in on 29 May 2015. [1][2] He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for 12 years. [3]

    [ self-published source] He is a People's Democratic Party (PDP) member and represented Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constinuency of Enugu State. [4] Ugwuanyi was elected the Governor of Enugu State under the PDP. [5] He was sworn in as the governor of Enugu State for a second on May 29, 2019.

    Early life and education

    Ugwuanyi was born in March 1964 and is from Orba Town in Udenu Local Government Area of Nsukka Zone in Enugu State.[6][7] He attended St. Theresa's College, Nsukka. He holds bachelor's degree and master's degree in Business Administration from

    University of Nigeria, Nsukka .[8]

    Ugwuanyi was the General Manager of Premier Insurance Brokers Limited

    Enugu and has also been the president of the Rotary Club of Emene in Enugu State. [9]

    Political career

    Ugwuanyi was first elected to the House of Representatives of Nigeria in 2003 and he was the Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport. [10]

    [11][12][13][14][15][16][17] Ugwuanyi was a two term Chairman of house committee on Marine Transport. Ugwuanyi also held the position of Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Pensions where he helped enact the Pension Reform Act 2004.

    Following his party's primary election of 8 December 2014 in Enugu, Ugwuanyi won PDP's gubernatorial ticket, which made him the State's PDP Governorship Candidate for the 2015 General Elections.[18] However, another PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Senator Ayogu Eze , was displeased with the conduct of the primaries. Eze went to court to challenge the legitimacy of Ugwuanyi's emergence as the PDP's flag-bearer for Enugu State Governorship Elections. [19] Eze's petition was dismissed by Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu, an Abuja Federal High Court Judge, who ruled that Ugwuanyi's election in the gubernatorial primary was legitimate and legally binding. [20][21][22]

    Ugwuanyi who was sworn in on May 29, 2015 as Governor has initiated some approaches to develop and transform Enugu State. One of those initiatives was his recent oversea trip to Ireland for an investment summit organised by Metro Eireann Dublin. He was also the recipient of Metro Eireann International Outstanding Leadership Award 2016 for his exemplary performances as a legislator, especially as the Chairman of Marine Transport, during his time in the House of Parliament of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. [23][24][25]

    On March 9, 2019, Uguwuanyi was re-elected as Governor of Enugu State in the 2019 Nigerian gubernatorial election. He polled 449,935 votes which was higher than his opponent, Senator Ayogu Eze who scored 10,423 votes. [26]


    Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi received his counterpart, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akiunwumi Ambode on Thursday at the government house in Enugu state. Governor Ambode applauded Mr. Ifeanyi for the good work he is doing in the State. Governor Ambode was accompanied by members of the State Executive Council and was also warmly welcomed by the Governor Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Deputy Governor Hon. Cecelia Ezeilo, members of Enugu State Executive Council, Former Governor of Kano state; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso,Senate Minority Leader; Senator Godswill Akpabio and many other dignitaries.

    See also

    List of Governors of Enugu State


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    7. ^ Lawrence Njoku (25 January 2015). "Enugu: PDP Parallel Primaries Signal Hope For Distant Opposition" . The Guardian. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.

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    1 March 2015.

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    18. ^ Austin Ogwuda (25 December 2014). "Enugu: Ugwuanyi goes to the streets" . Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 1 March 2015.

    19. ^ "Stop PDP, INEC from accepting any other candidate, Ayogu Eze asks court" . The Nation. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015.

    20. ^ Nnamdi Felix (2 March 2015).

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    National Mirror . Retrieved 3 March 2015.

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    "Jubilation in Abuja as Ugwuanyi floors Ayogu Eze" . The Sun News. Retrieved 3 March 2015.

    23. ^ Chinedu Onyejelem (15 December 2016). "Enugu State Governor to visit Ireland" . Metro Eireann Newspapers . Retrieved 27 January 2016.

    24. ^ Odomero Igbodo (19 January 2016). "Gov. Ugwuanyi Receives Award of Outstanding Leadership,Lures Nigerians In the Diaspora, Others To Invest In Enugu" . Coal City Express . Retrieved 27 January 2016.

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    1. HOME » News » UGWUANYI: Our journey so far!
      UGWUANYI: Our journey so far!
      ON MAY 26, 2018 12:26 AM IN
      By Louis Amoke
      On May 29, 2015, the good people of Enugu State, friends and well-wishers gathered in large numbers at the popular Michael Okpara, Square, Enugu, to witness the inauguration of a pragmatic leader and true friend of the people, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the third executive governor of the new Enugu State.
      On that historic occasion, Gov. Ugwuanyi in his inaugural address promised to work assiduously towards entrenching peace and good governance in the state despite the nation’s daunting economic challenges.
      The governor pledged to embark on an aggressive infrastructural development across the state especially in the rural areas, where the majority of the people reside.
      Consequently, Emene, Abakpa Nike, 9th Mile Corner and Nsukka – a University town founded over half a century ago and the second largest town in the state, among other satellite towns, got the endorsement of the stakeholders of the state for the governor to commence immediate development of the areas as a matter of priority. A committee on Enugu State Urban Renewal was systematically constituted to ensure the full actualization of the governor’s well-thought-out programmes in line with the four-point agenda, despite the nation’s economic reality.
      Three years down the line, Gov. Ugwuanyi’s a. The governor in his concerted efforts to reposition the

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      The Enugu State Government has donated four rapid response vehicles and a 12,000-liter capacity water tanker to the State Fire Service, to assist fire-fighting agency operations in the state, especially during the dry season.

    3. Home » Politics » Why Ugwuanyi should focus on Nsukka Zone— Senator Utazi
      Why Ugwuanyi should focus on Nsukka Zone— Senator Utazi
      ON NOVEMBER 29, 2020 9:14 PM IN
      By Nnamdi Ojiego
      The lawmaker representing Enugu North Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, has identified the unfair political dealings against Nsukka zone as reasons for his recent call on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to focus on addressing the development imbalance in Nsukka.
      He said Nsukka zone had suffered huge infrastructure gaps compared with Enugu East and Enugu West zones that have enjoyed democratic dividends.
      Senator Utazi gave the clarification in his response to the former Chairman, Aninri Local Government Area, Chief Ben Alukwu, who in a media report accused the lawmaker and others of inciting disaffection among other sections of the state by their call on Governor Ugwuanyi to focus on the development of Nsukka during a public rally.
      READ ALSO: Governor Ugwuanyi: Unsung hero of infrastructure
      Alukwu was quoted as saying that the Ogadimma Nsukka Unity rally “was turned to an arena for insults and sowing seeds of discord” by political gladiators who advised “the governor to divert all the state resources for the development of Nsukka zone within the remaining two years in office.”
      In a swift response through his Personal Assistant, Charly Ogbuanya, Senator Utazi explained that on the creation of Ebonyi State from old Enugu State, what remained of the old political structure were Nsukka and Enugu zones.
      According to him, Nsukka zone with 51 percent population of the state remained a senatorial district, while Enugu zone was divided into two new districts.
      His words: “These two districts, Enugu East and Enugu West, have enjoyed 16 years of power in the Lion Building, yet keep on mounting relentless pressure on the incumbent governor, not allowing him a breathing space to address the neglect of Nsukka zone by past administrations.
      “It was as a consequence of this that made Senator Utazi to speak truth to power at the Odimma Nsukka Unity rally, that our equitable governor, having spent almost six years delivering balanced development of the entire state, should be reminded that even the remaining two years will not be enough to address the monumental neglect of Nsukka zone over time.”
      READ ALSO: Justify confidence Ugwuanyi, Enugu People ‘ve reposed in you, Rep tells new LG Chairmen
      The Senator’s aide warned that those sycophants egging on the governor would still turn around to blame him for not doing enough for his people, while in office.
      He said poor human and material infrastructure has stymied development of Nsukka zone.
      According to Senator Utazi, “The wake-up call is a timely reminder to Governor Ugwuanyi that time is ticking and that he must do the needful to address the development imbalance that has left Nsukka zone at a disadvantage.
      “As the true representative of Nsukka zone, Senator Utazi spoke the minds and hearts of his constituents when he told Governor Ugwuanyi that the remaining two years should be devoted at attempting to cancel the obvious imbalance in the development status of Nsukka zone when compared with other senatorial districts that have enjoyed 16 years of governorship position in the state.”
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    4. Emir of Bichi, Dr. Nasiru Ado Bayero, yesterday, commended Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the peace the Northern community has been enjoying in the state. He said the Ugwuanyi administration’s commitment to national integration and peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians in Enugu State, irrespective of tribe, religion and political differences was well acknowledged, adding:…
      Emir of Bichi, Ibu extol Ugwuanyi for peace, leadership

    5. From the green Nsukka and Udi hills, to the award-winning, sustainable city of Enugu, Nkanuland to Awgu, Enugu State is a beauty to behold. Above those, Enugu has many attributes that are skin-deep, beyond what the eyes can see.
      As the former capital of the old Eastern Region, the seat of governments headed by the Rt. Hon. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Dr Michael Okpara, Enugu is the political Mecca, the spiritual and cultural heart of not only Igbos but Ijaws, Efiks, Ibibios, Annangs, Kalabaris and all citizens of former Eastern Region.
      Those attributes bestow a heavy, historical burden on the shoulders of any man or woman that occupies the seat of government in Enugu – the Lion Building. In the eyes of millions of citizens, he or she is the custodian of the key that leads to the heart, soul, and bone marrow of the Igboman or woman’s aspiration for the ideal: his or her political, cultural, educational, economic and industrial aspirations.

    6. Security a major plank of our administration, says Ugwuanyi
      By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
      16 December 2020 | 4:12 am
      Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (left) receiving a plaque from the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, at the opening ceremony of the four - day Police Public Relations Officers ’ (PPROs ) Conference in Enugu… yesterday .
      As he declares open four- day workshop for police spokespersons
      Enugu State Governor , Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday, said one of the reasons the state is among the safest and most secured in the country, was because of his administration’ s continued support for the development of security infrastructure in the state.
      Ugwuanyi, who disclosed that security provisioning has been a major plank of his administration, added that the state government established and funded the Enugu State Forest Guard Security Outfit, the Neighborhood Watch groups and went further to legislate the State Security Trust Fund to provide adequate resources for maintenance of security of lives and property .
      Declaring open the four- day Intensive Capacity Building Workshop for all Police Spokespersons in Nigeria held in Enugu, with the theme: “ Crisis Management and Law Enforcement: the Role of Police Spokespersons , ” he stated that the event was timely and momentous.
      He commended the Inspector General of Police ( IGP ) , Mohammed Abubakar Adamu , for the initiative and other reforms aimed at addressing the agitations of the Nigerian people for a people- friendly, more professional , accountable police force and one that respects the rights and freedom of citizens .
      Ugwuanyi stressed that the workshop could not have come at a better time , given the recent #EndSARS protests with its attendant mayhem and other spikes in criminality .
      He pointed out that the lesson and experience of the protests with the manifest mistrust and communication gap between the police and the policed , compelled a new paradigm for citizens’ engagement and robust communication strategies to build mutual trust and confidence , as well as facilitate the healing of all wounds .
      “ In enthroning this veritable panacea, the role of the Police Spokespersons in leading the discourse and inspiring new ideas will be key ” , the governor said , revealing that the hosting of the workshop was in keeping with his administration’ s tradition of supporting worthy causes, especially those bordering on security of lives and property of Enugu people, as enshrined the nation ’ s constitution.
      He , therefore , urged the participants to optimise the opportunity to network, peer view and cross - fertilise ideas with experts to sharpen and broaden their public relations knowledge and skills for enhanced service delivery to the police force and the nation in general .

    7. Enugu welcomes daily flights
      By Editor
      20 November 2020 | 3:06 am
      Front view of the domestic wing of Akanu- Ibiam International Airport Enugu. PHOTO : LAWRENCE NJOKU
      Enugu State Governor , Dr . Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has commended the resumption of daily flights services in and out of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport , Enugu.
      Ugwuanyi, who welcomes Dana Air ’ s inaugural operations recently, said he was delighted to have the airline reconnect Enugu with Lagos and Abuja after almost a year of airport closure for repairs.
      “ We are happy to have a reputable airline like Dana Air in Enugu state. Enugu state is peaceful and our economy is growing really fast . With Dana air in Enugu , we now have the game-changer . Enugu is a salaried state and our people will be returning home soon . We are sure to have very efficient service with competitive fares , ” the governor said .
      Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air , Obi Mbanuzuo , said deploying flights on the route was the airline ’ s positive contribution to the economy of Enugu state and to also avail daily flight services from Enugu to Lagos and Abuja .

    8. Ugwuanyi presents Enugu’s N169.85 billion 2021 budget estimates
      Mr Ugwuanyi disclosed that it “is 13.8 per cent higher than our revised 2020 budget."
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      Mr Ugwuanyi when will this one Man Government you people are practicing in Eastern Region of Nigeria stop. Having a King is not in our Culture as a People. Our people will like to sitdown with you Governors and hear from your mouth how you are
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      Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, presented to the State House of Assembly, the 2021 Budget estimates of One Hundred and Sixty Nine Billion, Eight Hundred and Forty Five Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N169,845,758,500.00), for consideration and passage.
      Presenting the budget proposal tagged: “Budget of Recovery and Continued Growth”, Mr Ugwuanyi disclosed that it “is 13.8 per cent higher than our revised 2020 budget”.
      The governor explained that the budget proposal was carefully designed to strategically enhance the recovery of the state from the drawbacks of 2020, occasioned by the unexpected and unpleasant outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the negative effects of the #EndSARS protests, which were hijacked by miscreants and hoodlums to unleash mayhem on the country, “pushing back all the efforts at economic recovery from COVID-19 challenge”.
      Mr Ugwuanyi added that these setbacks to the full implementation of the 2020 budget ensued shortly after his administration commenced payment of the new minimum wage of N30,000 in February this year with its consequential adjustment.
      “We had adjusted to this new cost centre and set in motion procurement processes for the delivery of services to Ndi Enugu as appropriated by this Honourable House. Suddenly, we slept in one world and woke up in another, confronted with the unpleasant news of a strange illness – Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19)”, he said.
      Mr Ugwuanyi pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and pertinent restriction of economic activities across the country caused a significant drop in the global energy demand that led to oil prices crash with huge drop in Statutory Allocation accruing to states in Nigeria, as well as the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), which compelled state governments to revise their 2020 approved budgets as directed by the National Economic Council and inspired by World Bank.
      On the 2020 budget performance, the governor said that apart from the payment of the N30,000 Minimum Wage to workers, provision of critical road infrastructure in urban and rural areas, interventions in security, judiciary, education, tourism, legislature, religious, agriculture, redevelopment of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Urban water supply, among others, his administration has made huge investment in the health sector/COVID-19 related interventions.
      On the 2021 budget estimates, Mr Ugwuanyi revealed that the projections were predicated on the macro and micro-economic indicators of national inflation rate of 11.95 per cent, national real GDP growth of 3 per cent, oil production benchmark of 1.86 million barrels per day, oil price benchmark of $40 per barrel, and exchange rate of N380 per US dollar.
      He further stated that the “Enugu State Medium Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2021-2023 and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) are aimed at prudent fiscal management coupled with prioritisation of public expenditure”, stressing that “this is focused on achieving a better balance between capital and recurrent expenditures”.

    9. Enugu to deal with land grabbers, fraudsters
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      The Enugu State Government has declared its resolve to resist any attempt by land grabbers and fraudsters to short-change the people under any guise.
      The Commissioner for Lands, Dr Victor Nnam, stated this when he received an award for exceptional service and leadership from the traditional ruler of Amechi Udewo, Igwe Daniel Nnamani, the Ogboo Ogu I of Amechi Udewo, Awkunanaw, Enugu State.
      The Commissioner said his Ministry was working assiduously to transform land administration in the State, in line with the agenda of the State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
      He said: ‘I appreciate the entire people of Amechi and Obeagu Awkunanaw. I assure you of my resolve to continue the good fight of faith against land grabbers and fraudsters, as well as the transformation of the land administration of Enugu State.
      ‘My recent travails were masterminded by my detractors and political rivals who want to use my desire to always be on the side of the people to witch-hunt me.’
      Presenting the award, the traditional ruler stressed that the award was in recognition of his excellent service, exceptional leadership and great impact on Amechi Udewo youths.
      The traditional ruler maintained that Nnam is a worthy son of Nkanu and deserves all the support and accolade he can get.
      ‘This couldn’t come at a better time than now when land grabbers are fighting tooth and nail to drag the Commissioner’s name in the mud, regarding his insistence that the right thing should be done in land administration in Enugu State,’ the traditional ruler said.
      The Igwe stated that they were fully aware that it was corruption that was fighting back.
      The Commissioner was recently dragged to court over allegation of forgery, an action stakeholders believe may not be unconnected with the revocation of the ancestral land of Obeagu and Amechi Communities acquired for the Centenary City project in the State.

    10. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Marine Transport.
      Born on the 2nd of March 1964, Ugwuanyi, is representing Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency.
      Elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ugwuanyi holds a Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration.
      Apart from being the Deputy Chairman of the House Committees on Public Service and Pension, he is member of the following House Committees Defence, Population, Privatization and Commercialization, Science & Technology States & Local Government Affairs.
      Honourable Member, 7th National Assembly (2011 - 2015)
      Enugu,Igboeze North/Udenu
      (Federal Constituency)
      Peoples Democratic Party
      Marine Transport (Chairman)
      Marine Transport
      Privatization and Commercialization
      Science & Technology
      States & Local Government Affairs

    11. nt...Governor Ugwuanyi rewards woman who returned N13.9m
      In appreciation of the outstanding and exemplary honesty she displayed in returning the sum of thirteen million, nine hundred and forty six thousand, four hundred naira (N13,946,400.00) mistakenly paid into her account, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Tuesday, rewarded Mrs. Josephine Nchetaka Chukwujama-Eze, with a cash of one million naira.
      The cash reward was announced by the State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, after a closed-door meeting with the woman in her office.
      Mrs. Chukwujama-Eze, a teacher with a mission school in Enugu, is married to Barr. Chukwujama Eze, an indigene of Enugu Ezike, in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
      Speaking after the meeting, Hon. Nnaji, who presented the cash to Mrs. Chukwujama-Eze, on behalf of the governor, commended her for being a good ambassador of Enugu State, stressing that “this is the kind of culture we are inculcating in all our women, men, young boys and girls”.
      The Commissioner maintained that the woman’s action has earned the women of Enugu State much respect, calling on the public emulate her exemplary honesty.

    12. Governor Ugwuanyi rewards woman who returned N13.9m
      In appreciation of the outstanding and exemplary honesty she displayed in returning the sum of thirteen million, nine hundred and forty six thousand, four hundred naira (N13,946,400.00) mistakenly paid into her account, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Tuesday, rewarded Mrs. Josephine Nchetaka Chukwujama-Eze, with a cash of one million naira.
      The cash reward was announced by the State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, after a closed-door meeting with the woman in her office.
      Mrs. Chukwujama-Eze, a teacher with a mission school in Enugu, is married to Barr. Chukwujama Eze, an indigene of Enugu Ezike, in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
      Speaking after the meeting, Hon. Nnaji, who presented the cash to Mrs. Chukwujama-Eze, on behalf of the governor, commended her for being a good ambassador of Enugu State, stressing that “this is the kind of culture we are inculcating in all our women, men, young boys and girls”.
      The Commissioner maintained that the woman’s action has earned the women of Enugu State much respect, calling on the public emulate her exemplary honesty.

    13. Mark Has What It Takes To Be Nigeria’s President –Gov. Ugwuanyi
      Published on 27.09.2018
      By Joshua Oyenigbehin
      The governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has extolled the ability of the
      People Democratic Party (PDP)’s
      presidential aspirant, Senator David Mark‘s to lead the country to greater heights.
      The opinion of the governor was made known to the press in a statement issued by Paul Mumeh , the Media Assistant to the former Senate President.
      According to Mumeh, Ugwuanyi made the remark when Mark’s presidential campaign team visited him in his office in Enugu.
      The statement stated that the governor of the Coal state asserted that Mark has what it takes to change the unpalatable situation of the country, if elected.
      “ I worked with him at the National Assembly. I can attest to his capacity and competence. We shall support him to ensure he gets the ticket of our party ,’’ Ugwuanyi stated.
      During the meeting with the governor, Senator Mark stated that he was motivated to join the race because he believed that he had what it takes to address the socio-economic and political challenges facing the nation.
      “The level of insecurity and economic downturn in our country today requires a man with a proven record of excellent performance to confront. Besides, we must ensure peace and justice for all.
      “I am a man of my words. For me, it will be a covenant with Nigerians if given the mandate. I have the blue print to tackle the economy through massive industrialization, agriculture and small and medium scale industry.
      “Every Nigerian will feel the impact of the economy if I am elected. I have the ability to do so’’.
      The Benue Senator, who expressed faith that he will win the primaries, added that the PDP aspirants had resolved that whoever wins through a transparent and credible process would be supported by all.
      The state Chairman of the party Mr Augustine Nnamani said that Mark was the kind of leader the nation needed at this time.

    14. Governor Ugwuanyi, others for South East Sports Foundation competition
      By Gowon Akpodonor | 03 March 2021 | 3:34 am
      Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Photo: LEAKBLAST
      Two artistes join U.S.-based E’Major to thrill athletes
      Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is among top personalities expected to grace the maiden South East Sports Foundation athletics competition slated for Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, on March 19. The event originally billed for March 13 was moved forward to allow Rangers FC honour a league match at the venue.
      The South East Sports Foundation is a pet project of United States-based Nigerian former athlete, Victor Okorie, who was one of the most gifted hurdlers to rise from the nation’s school sports system. Okorie, who won a silver medal for Team Nigeria at COJA 2003 All Africa Games in Abuja, has been bankrolling a scholarship programme for athletes and training of some Nigerian coaches at the National Institute For Sports (NIS) in Lagos.
      An official of the South East Sports Foundation told The Guardian yesterday that sports-loving Governor Ugwuanyi would lead other state executives to grace the competition, which is the first of its kind in the eastern states since Imo ’98 National Sports Festival.
      Also expected at the event is the commissioner for sports in Enugu State, as well as Directors of Sports from Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi and the host Enugu.
      According to Okorie, athletes are expected to arrive the coal city on March 18 to compete the following day in 100m (male and female), 200m (male and female), 400m (male and female) and the jumps.
      He hinted that the event is open to all Nigerian athletes, but only those from the region would get prizes. “It is an opportunity for the athletes to test their fitness level ahead the Edo 2021 National Sports Festival, which holds in April, as well as the Tokyo Olympics,” Okorie stated.
      Meanwhile, two Nigeria-based hip hop and reggae artist, Leo Smith and BadManQ are expected to team up with Nigerian-American afrobeat artist based in Minnesota, E’Major, to thrill the athletes at the competition.
      E’Major, a native of Enugu, had offered to sponsor himself to the competition venue as part of his contribution to the South East Sports Foundation project.
      “Leo Smith and BadManQ have agreed to team up with E’Major to entertain the athletes. It is their contributions to the event,” Okorie said.
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    15. Ugwuanyi rewards six Enugu recipients of President’s NYSC Honours award
      By Raheemat Mustapha
      21 February 2021 | 3:58 am
      The Enugu State Governor , Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday, received the six National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) members from the state who were among recipients of the President ’ s NYSC Honours award in Abuja , 2021, for distinguishing themselves creditably in the service of their fatherland , during the 2018/2019 service year.
      The six awardees from Enugu State , alongside others across the country were also given automatic employment and scholarship for their post-graduate programmes by President Muhammadu Buhari who directed the relevant government agencies to ensure timely implementation of all the incentives for the award recipients .
      Receiving the Enugu State indigenes, at the EXCO Chambers of the Government House, Enugu , Ugwuanyi who described them as “ our ambassadors and the very best we have, ” thanked God Almighty for their successful and outstanding service year.
      The governor applauded them for returning home with the prestigious Presidential awards, saying : “ Since you have done our dear state this great honour, our prayer is that more honours will come your ways . ”
      Ugwuanyi also thanked President Buhari “ for considering our brothers and sisters worthy of this outstanding award. ”
      He equally commended the NYSC in the state for the sterling performance of the awardees and went further to announce a donation of N 10m to the agency, and a cash reward to the six award recipients in appreciation of their patriotic zeal and dedication to service .
      In his brief remark , the Enugu State NYSC Coordinator, Mr . Sam Ujogu , expressed gratitude to Ugwuanyi for granting them audience , stressing , “ it is a living testimony that you have been very passionate about the NYSC scheme in Enugu State . ”
      Ujogu disclosed that the governor has demonstrated his administration’ s support to NYSC scheme in the state, in so many ways , especially the construction of the perimeter fence of the camp , which he said , has improved the security of the federal government facility during camping activities.
      The six awardees from Enugu State are Jude Ogbodo Ogene ( Isi-Uzo LGA); Victor Chidiebere Ezebuilo ( Ezeagu LGA ); Jane Akudinanwa Egbo ( Enugu South LGA); Dr . Victor Sunday Eze ( Nsukka ); Cynthia Odinaka Ezeiloh ( Awgu LGA ) and Boniface Tochukwu Obiekwe ( Ezeagu LGA) .

    16. Spiritual artist
      Okechukwu chidoluo vitus

      The spiritual artist is born blind
      So that by sight does not go blind
      The spiritual artist may not like it perhaps
      It is so in other creatures never
      And had prayed for sight always
      And would not stop praying indeed
      For in nine days, he was able to see
      Yet, far letter perhaps never.

    17. Again, South East govs, leaders shun parley on 2023 political aspiration
      By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu | 08 March 2021 | 4:10 am
      The quest for unity of purpose towards achieving presidency of Igbo extraction in 2023, suffered another setback yesterday, as South East governors and Igbo political leaders shunned a bipartisan meeting of major political parties in the zone.
      The second of such this year, and scheduled for Enugu, involved the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and others.
      It was convened by former Abia State governor and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu; erstwhile Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; one-time President of the Senate and ex- Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and Deputy Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Nkeiru Onyejeocha.
      The meeting, which was to be chaired by a foremost South East traditional ruler and graced by governors their predecessors, ministers, as well as past and current senate presidents and speakers and members of House of Representatives and state Houses of Assembly, could not hold yesterday, following the non-presence of leaders, including the governors.
      Save for the host governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, his colleagues boycotted the parley with no reasons.
      However, Anyim waited till 4.00pm before departing after an instruction that the reporters covering the event be dismissed
      A source, nevertheless confided in The Guardian: “Suspicion among the leaders on the motive of those behind the meeting had dealt a bad blow on the arrangement. Though there were wider consultations before now, it appears there is no trust among them.
      “There are stories about some members trying to use it (meeting) to feather their vice presidential aspiration in 2023. And knowing that there are also governors in the zone nursing a similar interest, it will be difficult to agree. That is the issue.”

    18. Ugwuanyi inaugurates new Tech Hubs, Youth Innovation Centers
      ON MARCH 18, 2021 6:35 PM IN
      Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Thursday, inaugurated the new Technology Hub and Youth Innovation Centers established by his administration to systematically prepare the youth of the state to become competitive in the national and global space, in line with the emerging digital economy.
      Inaugurating the Tech Hubs and Youth Innovation Centers located within the precincts of the Three-Arms-Zone, Independence Layout, Enugu North LGA, Enugu, and another in Obollo Afor, in Udenu Local Government Area of the State, Gov. Ugwuanyi disclosed that the centers will offer services such as ICT training in Software Development, Website design/Hosting, Linus/Unix systems, Graphic Designs, Internet of things (IoT), etc.
      The governor added that they will also offer services in craftsmanship and fabrication, entrepreneurship development, innovation programmes, career enhancement initiatives, electronics/robotics, facilitation of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), among others.
      He pointed out that the decision to establish the Tech Hubs in Enugu State was informed by the large numbers of youths who graduate from numerous science and technical colleges and tertiary institutions in the state, most of which offer quality programmes in vocational training, skill acquisition, Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Management.
      “Yearly, substantial numbers of youths graduate from these institutions, many of whom are willing to set up innovative business ventures to showcase their skills and talents but have been hindered by dearth of requisite resources and favourable operation environment”, he said.
      According to him, “Enugu State is imbued with a favourable Tech ecosystem fueled by the substantial intellectual resource of these academic institutions.
      “Our administration understood the need to intervene by providing these youths a well-resourced, affordable, and competitive environment via Tech Hubs and Youth Innovation Centers to pursue their passion and deploy their skills.
      “We are therefore deliberate in our effort to harness these intellectual and human resources to provide Tech Hubs where technology enthusiasts, innovators and entrepreneurs will engage to share ideas and develop products and services that will make the society better while creating jobs and wealth for our teeming youths.

    19. Ugwuanyi: Celebrating A Rare Humanist @57
      editor March 19, 2021 2:16 Am
      Samson Ezea
      As a young man who was desirous of making name in journalism practice more than a decade ago, I was fortunate and privileged enough to commence practice of the noble profession on politics desk.
      Writing and covering politics, politicians and their activities exposed me to many things and brought me in contact with many politicians and critical stakeholders, of which Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is one of them. Since then, I had meticulously followed Ugwuanyi’s political trajectory and leadership exploits, just like other colleagues of his who are political players.
      Without mincing words or sounding hyperbolical, I can confidently and unequivocally say that Ugwuanyi, who will clock 57 years tomorrow is not a typical Nigerian politician, who politicises and sees everything from the prism of partisan politics, even after elections. This is the attitude that has been the bane of good governance, peace, development and security in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999.
      For Ugwuanyi, partisan politics is secondary, while good governance associated with the general wellbeing of the people and peaceful coexistence is primary. Politics to him, starts and ends before, during and after elections. Immediately after that, good governance takes centre stage. The overall interest, welfare and wellbeing of the people irrespective of party affiliation, religion, tribe or status takes precedence over any other interest.
      This has been his leadership style before and since 2015 he assumed office as Governor of Enugu state amidst daunting challenges. He is not pretentious, political or hypocritical about it. As can be seen, his government policies and programmes have always been fashioned in that direction. It is not in doubt that it is in his nature to care and cater for others. He places much premium on it more than any other thing. He has been passionate and consistent about it and derives joy in doing it. No wonder, he has been often described as a compassionate leader, rare humanist, welfarist, pacifist and humility personified.
      Of utmost concern and worry to him at every given time is how to take care of the welfare and wellbeing of the people, especially the downtrodden. He believes so much in humanity and has massively touched lives and provided comfort for the people at the grassroots level with the provision of numerous critical infrastructure which include roads, hospitals, schools, jobs, and others in the rural areas across Enugu State in an equitable and unprecedented manner.
      These rural areas or communities have only been remembered or accessed by politicians before and during elections. Indigenes and residents of some of these rural communities have not seen buldozer, access or asphalted roads for years. The people had lived and survived on self-help and communal efforts, which were not enough to make life meaningful and comfortable for them before now.
      But with Ugwuanyi government’s massive infrastructural development and opening of the rural areas across the state, which has led to the completion of more than 248 rural roads and still ongoing, the situation has changed for good for the people of Akpugo community in Nkanu West Council Area, Nimbo and Nkpologu in Uzo-Uwani Council Area, Ogbodoaba in Udenu Council Area and other rural communities across the state.
      Ugwuanyi is a man who is at peace with his people and God. He sacrifices anything to ensure that peace reigns. He is never carried away by the paraphernalia of office and exalted position of governor. He has used power to unite and develop the state. Very unassuming and urbane, he is a listening leader, who loves details and good results.

    20. Ugwuanyi orders suspension of traditional ruler’s election over alleged excommunication
      By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
      19 March 2021 | 3:59 am
      Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
      Enugu State Governor , Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday, ordered suspension of election of the traditional ruler of Ishi -Ozalla autonomous community in Nkanu West Council slated for next Monday until further notice .
      The directive followed a protest by the people of Edeaniagu Village in Ishi -Ozalla over their alleged excommunication by the Ishi -Ozalla Community .
      Elderly men, women and youths of Edeaniagu had staged a peaceful protest to Government House, Enugu , alleging that the leadership of the Ishi -Ozalla Community and some politicians in the area led by a former minister, ostracised them from the community after tagging them slaves .
      Carrying placards with inscriptions as “ Peace Before Igweship Election , ” “ All We Want Is Peace In Ishi -Ozalla , ” and “ Stop Harassing Our Youths And Elders, ” among others , they alleged that indigenes of the village had been humiliated and intimidated for being branded as slaves .
      Spokesman of the group , Chief ( Mrs . ) Munachimso Okoye , told Governor Ugwuanyi that her people were no longer allowed to mingle freely in the community, adding : “ They placed N 200, 000 fine on anyone that relates with them in the community. ”
      Explaining that Edeaniagu was a bona fide part of the Ishi -Ozalla Community, she stated that it was unheard of in the 21 century that some persons could be treated as slaves
      Okoye, who narrated how their elderly men and women were chased out of the Church during worship for being tagged ‘ slaves , ’ said the move to ostracise them was hatched to scuttle the ambition of a member of the village , who was aspiring for the kingship stool, which had remained empty in the last nine years.

    21. Ugwuanyi's Diplomatic Masterstroke at Ohodo Federal Poly
      editor February 26, 2021 1:56 Am
      Charly Onah
      Initially, it started like a rumour. Afterwards, billboard with the inscription proposed site for Federal Polytechnic Ohodo was erected at the site. Even at that, the few cynics and doubting Thomases, who never see anything good in Ugwuanyi’s government were dismissive of it. They went to town saying that it was not about putting up a billboard, but securing approval and commencement of the project.
      They were highly skeptical of its possibility. They were of the parochial and fixated views that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led-Federal Government will not easily grant such approval or concede such a monumental and enduring legacy project like Federal Polytechnic to Enugu State under Ugwuanyi’s watch for reasons which include that Ugwuanyi is not of APC stock and he has not overtly made move to attract such gigantic and development project from the Federal Government before now.
      They taunted Ugwuanyi’s administration and labelled it a failure. For sense of entitlement mentality, they were critical and antagonistic of Ugwuanyi and his government. They maliciously and emotionally compared Ugwuanyi’s administration with that of his predecessors, without factually and statistically placing critical issues like state of the economy, state wage bill, political awareness, cost of running government, political situations, and other key indices of governance then and since Ugwuanyi assumed office.
      But today, all these are now balderdash and beer parlour talks for Ugwuanyi has once again proven them wrong with the circulating approval letter with N2b take-off grant addressed to him and signed by Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny S. T. Echono on behalf of Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for the immediate establishment and take-off of the Federal Polytecthnic Ohodo in Igbo-Etiti LGA of Enugu.
      What a masterstroke by a leader who knows his way, where and how to get what he wants without being noisy. Where are the social media rabblerousers, especially from Enugu North Senatorial zone, who have despite Ugwuanyi’s numerous developmental projects in the zone and across the state failed to acknowledge or appreciate his government’s unrelenting efforts in the face of obvious, numerous and daunting challenges. Where are they? It is time for them to bury their heads in shame and tender unreserved apology.
      But shamelessly, they are among those celebrating and circulating the approval letter for the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Ohodo on social media platforms, without asking how it was made possible at last. They have easily forgotten their baseless, uninformed and armchair criticisms against a quiet and performing government of Ugwuanyi. They are now on the defensive, saying that their malicious criticisms of Ugwuanyi’s administration was to spur it to do more for the zone, forgetting that Ugwuanyi is not governor of Enugu North zone alone, but the entire Enugu State, who voted him into office and remained supportive of him till date.
      Meanwhile, whichever way or means Ugwuanyi’s government achieved this feat of attracting the Federal Polytechnic to the state is worthy of commendations and celebrations. I cannot remember how many APC governors or stakeholders that have attracted such project to their respective states with ease since 2015. The Polytechnic when completed will be of immense benefit to the people of Enugu State, especially the Enugu North people, who have clamoured for such project before now.

    22. Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Saturday congratulated his Enugu State counterpart, Gov . Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as he clocked 57 years.
      Okowa ’ s felicitation was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary , Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba .
      He commended Ugwuanyi for his sterling contributions to the growth and development of Enugu State .
      The governor commended Ugwuanyi’ s vision of creating fair and equal opportunities for citizens to make a living , create wealth, educate their children, and enjoy life in a peaceful and secure environment.
      He congratulated Ugwuanyi for his visionary and pragmatic governance, which had seen over 680 kilometres of roads constructed largely in the rural areas of the state.
      Okowa said that it was heartwarming to note that the governor had through hard work , discipline and a masterfully conceived vision won the admiration and respect of Enugu State people and the nation .
      “ Your focus and commitment to the growth and development of your state, especially rural communities, have been greatly acknowledged.
      “ I must thank the peace - loving people of Enugu State for their cooperation with you in the nearly six years of your administration.