Inauguration: South East States get new governors

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja, Chukwumerije Aja, Enugu, Moses Nwite, Abakaliki

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Enugu State

Peter Ndubuisi Mbah has been sworn in as the new governor of Enugu State.

The ceremony which started at about 1212:53 pm saw the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Raymond Ozoemena read out the oath of office and that of allegiance to the deputy governor and the governor.

Dignitaries that graced the occasion include the immediate past governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, former governor of old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, former governor of old Enugu State, Okwey Nwodo, former governor Sullivan Chime, serving senators and members of the House of Representatives, members of the state House of Assembly, and traditional rulers.

In his inaugural speech, the governor, Peter Mbah thank all those who contributed to the success of this governorship struggle.

“It began as a tiny conception, as small as the mustard seed. Today, it has acquired a life of its own. Time constraints me from naming all of you, one by one, who contributed to the maturation of this idea. However, let me be quick to put on record the invaluable contributions of the immediate past governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi, Gburugburu The Great, to what we are celebrating today. Posterity will certainly be kind to you for your deep sense of patriotism,” Mbah said.

The governor also said that youths of Enugu State will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of his administration.

“We want to expose our youths to the skills required to grasp the emerging future and create opportunities for the genius in them to flourish. We also want to invoke and instill in them the can-do spirit that is innate in the Igbo man,” Mbah stated.

The governor however, promised to equip youths with e-commerce, fintech and cyber-security skills, such that they will become globally interconnected by providing services online through their e-commerce skills.

“They will be champions of the globe without necessarily having to leave Enugu.

“I am standing before you today pregnant with ideas on how to rescue our youths and indeed the whole of Enugu State from the threats against our existence. You can trust me. I will be operating from the vantage of transcendental values and not narrow interests. That is what we are driven by. I will not let you down. We believe that the only purpose of leadership is to bring the best out of every one of us. You are why all these are possible,” he noted.

In the area of Information and Communication Technology, (ICT), the governor promised to provide a Tier 4 Hyper Scale Data Centre to attract hyper-scale businesses like Amazon, Google, Netflix, Tik Tok and Microsoft.

“Our creative industry will be lifted from its old glory and be positioned as driver of our developmental dream. We will set up a film village and, working with stakeholders in the industry, ensure that our state becomes the destination of choice for tourists, attracting not less than 3 million visitors each year,” he reiterated.

In the area of water which has become a perennial problem for the people of Enugu state, the governor promise to ensure availability of water in the Enugu metropolis in 180 days time.

“We reiterate this promise here. Furthermore, we will waste no time in replicating same feat in Nsukka, Udi and Awgu axis.

“Sanitation and hygiene are also areas where this administration wants to pluck its low-hanging fruits. In the next 100 days, our administration will ensure that our streets are cleared of refuse. We will also ensure that existing landfill sites are relocated and further ensure that they are harnessed for wealth creation. Urban renewal is key to us as an administration,” he noted.


Ebonyi State

Mr Francis Nwifuru has been inaugurated as the Governor of Ebonyi State Southeast Nigeria with the promise to the people of the State of an all inclusive governance.

The Governor made this promise immediately after his swearing- in at Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium in Abakaliki the State Capital.

He said his administration will touch all sectors to ensure the general wellbeing of Ebonyi people.

“Through the instrument of democracy which I am going to dwell in, our state can be more united”.

He also paid tribute to the  Founding Fathers of  the State.

The immediate past Governor of the State, Engr David Umahi encouraged the people to respect the new Governor and the laws of the land.

Umahi thanked the former Governors and Military leaders of the State.

The Swearing in started with holy mass officiated by the the Bishop Emeritus of Abakaliki Catholic Diocese, Micheal Okoro.


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