The Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has flagged-off 35 projects across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.
The projects consist of 25 roads, water schemes, electricity, hospitals, and buildings, among others.
Mr Ugwuanyi, who was represented at the various sites by members of the State Executive Council on Saturday, said the flag-off of the projects was in keeping with his administration’s promise to drive development to every corner of the state with the aim of creating more urban centres to boost economic growth and improve the lives of the people.
He noted that the events not only represented a concrete step towards the implementation of the projects, but also “stand as another practical demonstration and capacity to fulfil our promises to the people of Enugu State, despite the severe economic constraints facing the country today”.
The governor said that “the state government have commenced the construction of eight major roads across the state, adding that it is committed to the execution of development projects in each of the 17 Local Government Areas of the state this year”.
He also said “each of these projects was identified and specified by stakeholders in the respective Local Government Areas where they will be executed”, further noting that two projects would be executed in each of the Council area in the first phase.
In each of the Council Area, it was an exultant mood as the people who turned out en masse to witness the ceremony applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for his vision and steadfastness in extending development to the rural areas.
In Udi Local Government Area, where the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo represented the governor, the people of the area said the event was a welcome development that would create access to their farmlands and boost the local economy.
In Nkanu East Local Government Area, the people were elated that the governor has broken the jinx of being the only council in the state without an access to the headquarters.
In Enugu East Local Government Area, where the construction of Onu-Nwaene-Ebor Ndiuno to Akpuoga road project was flagged off, the community described the event as “the happiest day in their land”.
It was a similar enthusiasm in Nsukka zone as the people noted that they have never witnessed such determination to open up the rural areas.
In Igbo-Eze North Local Government, the community described the six electricity and two borehole projects that were inaugurated as historic, noting that they deeply appreciate the good works of their governor and also honoured to be a part of the change era in their community.