As a discerning resident of Enugu State for over two decades, I felt badly touched reading a mischievous article shared on Opera News platform over the state of infrastructure in Enugu State under the leadership of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The mischievous story which was first published on nairaland.com without a byline and shared on Opera News platform, was no doubt, a failed attempt by mischief makers and disgruntled elements to misinform and mislead the public with false, baseless and non-existent allegations that are at variance with the peace and good governance being experienced in Enugu State today.
It is on record that the present administration in Enugu State has been rated high on all standards, in terms of provision of road infrastructure both in the urban and rural areas, covering over 400 kilometres.
The allegation of “teaming deplorable roads in and outside the metropolis” is not only spurious but wicked lies against the good works of the governor and his team.
For instance, the writer alleged that “all the roads in Uwani, Kenyatta Road, Achara Layout, Awkunanaw, Abakpa and Emene, among others are the worst hit.
But the truth remains that the sponsors of this mischievous piece are just being economical with the truth. It is also on record that the Ugwuanyi administration has constructed and rehabilitated a lot of roads in these areas mentioned.
The first road rehabilitated by his administration at its inception was in Emene – the Airport Roundabout-Orie Emene-Eke Obinagu road, and I am fully aware that the governor is presently linking Abakpa Nike with Emene through Harmony Estate – Adoration Ministry road.
In Kenyatta, the rehabilitation of the market road and Onah Crescent has been completed as well as Ebonyi Paint road, Awkunanaw, among others.
In Abakpa, the Ugwuanyi administration has transformed the area with good road network, such as the popular Abakpa Nike road, Nike Lake road, Ogwuagor road, Ugbo-oye road, Abakpa Market road, Ugbodogwu road, among others.
Recall that the administration in a bid to ensure good conditions of roads in the state introduced a programme on aggressive maintenance of roads mostly built by past administrations, tagged “Operation Zero Potholes”. I am also aware that this programme has dutifully ensured that roads in Enugu metropolis and beyond are maintained accordingly.
Even though, most of the roads mentioned in the misleading piece, such as the Enugu-PH Expressway and Enugu – Onitsha Expressway, are federal roads, record has it that the Ugwuanyi administration had carried out swift intervention on failed sections of federal roads in the state.
If the makers of these tissues of lies are connected with their people at the grassroots and are sincere in their baseless assessment of Gov. Ugwuanyi’s stewardship, they would have testified to the massive infrastructural development going in the rural communities aimed at opening up the areas for socio-economic expansion and giving the dwellers a sense of belonging.
It is also malicious to allege that “almost all the primary and secondary schools in the state are in deplorable condition”, when it is equally on record that the present administration in Enugu State has constructed and renovated over 589 primary and secondary school blocks across the state and has recently awarded contract for additional 208.
From the above narrative, which is a tip of the iceberg of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s giant strides in Enugu State in the past four years, it is clear that the originators of this campaign of calumny against the hard working, visionary, focused and result-oriented governor are only chasing shadows borne out of their envy and crass desperation to undermine the success story of the Coal City State under the governor’s watch.
It is therefore my humble appeal that the unfounded, mischievous and baseless story should be disregarded in all its ramifications.
Arc. Obinna Eneh from Abakpa Nike, Enugu