2021: Anambra indigenes ask next Governor to learn from Umahi

Governor David Umahi

By Kelechi Nwoba

Anambra indigenes residing in Ebonyi have asked those seeking the state governorship position in 2021 to begin earlier learning from  Governor David Nweze Umahi in order to replicate Umahi’s infrastructural strides in their state when elected.

This was disclosed by the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Youths Development and Sports, Hon. Charles Akpuenika in an interview with journalists at Abakaliki, the state capital.

 Akpuenika said, Anambra indigenes are yearning for the kind of infrastructural ‘wonder’ in Ebonyi to be replicated in their state.

The Commissioner who is a foremost leader of the Anambra community in Ebonyi said that, Umahi has turned Ebonyi around with 8-inches concrete roads littered everywhere, world class flyovers, functional and aesthetic streetlights and landmark achievements in education, health, sports among other sectors.

He hinted: "There are over eight completed flyovers in Ebonyi at present with several others nearing completion and the governor recently intimated that additional seven flyovers would be constructed in various parts of the state."

The Commissioner who is the Chairman of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Governing Board in Ebonyi, said that this same sentiment is shared by Anambra indigenes across the globe.

“We seek a governor who knows that the state is supposed to be the pride of the south seat zone of the country infrastructurally and otherwise.

“We want flyovers to be erected at Awkuzu junction, Igbariam, Tarzan,  Orieagu junctions and good roads that would link all areas of the state constructed for the benefit of the people.

“We want a new Government House to be constructed in the state because the old Government House currently in use is not worth the state’s status.

“Umahi has constructed a new Government House in Ebonyi with state of the art facilities which will enhance the smooth delivery of government and people- oriented policies.

“It is gratifying to note that with Umahi’s actions, people will not look down on Ebonyi and its citizens again as the governor has ‘digitally’ transformed the state into the Dubai of Nigeria”, he added.

He also enjoined the relevant authorities in Anambra to emulate Umahi in the area of conducting Local Government Area elections which entrenches democracy at the grassroots and promotes good governance.

“Under six years of Umahi’s administration, he has conducted two, hitch-free LGA elections because he realizes that he assumed power through elections.

“When the authorities do not want the grassroots to elect council chairmen and councillors, how do they expect leaders at the council level to be accountable to the people.

“Umahi always preaches accountability especially at the grassroots and has enjoined the people to hold council chairmen accountable for the funds meant for the delivery of democracy dividends to them,” he said.

Akpuenika thus, argued that when leaders at the grassroot level are not elected by the people, they will look down on the people and this makes Anambra indigenes in Ebonyi earnestly yearn for council polls immediately in their home state. 

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