Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, has urged all the critical players in local government areas of the state to live in their respective domains so as to promote effective local administration and development.
Gov. Ugwuanyi made the call at the Government House, Enugu, when he met with all the public office holders in the local government areas, namely, the council chairmen and their deputies; the councilors; supervisors; administrators and members of the development centres, among others.
While reiterating his second term inaugural speech’s stance of concentrating on improving the rural economy, Ugwuanyi asked them to relocate to their communities or risign from their positions.
The governor, who thanked God for His blessings and a peaceful and successful transition, said “the essence of this meeting is to charge all of you who are public officers at the grassroots to rededicate yourselves to the responsibility of rendering service to the people at the rural areas, in line with our administration’s rural development policy.
“Our administration is highly committed and determined to fulfill the promises we made to the people during the campaign.
“It is only when those who were elected and appointed at the grassroots reside with those who elected them that government’s programmes will be fully actualized.”
Gov. Ugwuanyi therefore asked them to immediately relocate from the city to their communities to develop their areas, urging them to “be available for our people”.
The governor disclosed that rural dwellers will be happy to live and identify with their public office holders as that will also reactivate the economy of their areas, which was one of the reasons for the establishment of the third tier of government.
It would be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi in his second term inaugural address promised that the next four years of his administration will witness massive deployment of resources to further engender development at the rural areas.
He enjoined the council chairmen, ward councilors and his executive assistants, among others “to immediately relocate to their various localities in order to promote rural economy and development”, saying: “We are also poised to review the ‘One Community One Project’ initiative to make it even better”.