The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has sworn in the new reconstituted committee of the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, following the confirmation of their appointment by the state House Of Assembly on March 23 2017.
The new reconstitution team are Dr Micheal Ajogwu (SAN) as chairman, Hon. David Ngene, Maryrose Abah, Emeka Edeh, Green Nweze as electoral commissioners to replace the former chairman and four members of the eight-man committee following the expiration of their tenure.
Governor Ugwuanyi, while expressing his confidence in the new team said the government will begin the process of tackling issues of funding and logistics that will see to the commencement of the political activities in the local government levels.
”I am confident that the appointment of this men and women of high repute will usher in a new-era of efficiency and progress in discharging of the commission’s mandate. With the conclusion of this function, we can now proceed to tackle the issues of fund and logistics that will pave the way for commencement of political activities in the third tier of the government’’.
The Chairman of the Committee, Dr Micheal Ajogwu on behalf of the members said the team will continue to work to uphold justice in discharging of the commission’s mandate.
We are aware of the enormity of trust vested on us by this appointment. We are confident that with God on our side, we shall do the state proud. We shall have in our mind the issue of fair play at the interest of justice and take into serious consideration the declaration of section 7 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that democratic elected local government system shall be on the ground.
The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has signed the 2017 budget estimated at 105.72 billion Naira, themed budget of Economic Recovery and Inclusive Development into law.
Governor Ugwuanyi commended the Enugu State House of Assembly members for a speedy passage of the budget and promised to fully implement it for the development of the state.
“I wish to express appreciation to the good people of the state for the opportunity to serve and reassure that our promise to deliver good governance and selfless service remain non-negotiable.
“I wish to assure you of our commitments to fully implement this budget so that we can achieve the objectives we have set out for rapid growth of the state.
However, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, said that there was no alteration to the budget as it was the size presented by the governor on December 23, 2016.
Mr Ubosi, however, said that the lawmakers juggled some of the entries where they found necessary to make the document more responsive to the yearnings of the state. He said that some ministries and government had unnecessary allocations to themselves but such were moved to other more pressing areas.
“In the course of looking at the budget we made some adjustments in areas we deemed necessary,” for instance the Ministry of Works was allocated two hilux vans, one of such vans was for five million Naira, the other was for 10 million Naira.
He said that the office of the Secretary to the State Government had allocated some money to rent a house “but we found it unnecessary and put the fund to another ministry.
Mr Ubosi appealed to the governor to ensure the full implementation of the budget, adding “the budget is a social contract between you and the people”.