Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (2nd right) with his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo (r).

Gov  Ambode Commends Ugwuanyi’s Development Strides

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has commended his Enugu

State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his development

strides in spite of the nation’s economic challenges and the

meagre resources of the state.

Ambode also applauded Ugwuanyi for the existing peace in Enugu

State, saying “where other states seem to be having problem, there is

dignified peace and stability in Enugu”.

Speaking when Governor Ugwuanyi hosted him and his

entourage at the Government House, Enugu alongside other dignitaries,

who were in Enugu ahead of the burial of the elder statesman and

former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme in Oko, Anambra State on

Friday, Ambode said that irrespective of party leanings, he was moved by

the development strides of Gov. Ugwuanyi.

He said: “Irrespective of party affiliation, development is

development and progress is progress and the whole thing is more about

being people-oriented and we give God all the glory that there are

still people who can prove that there is good governance in Nigeria.”

While disclosing the friendship he shares with Gov. Ugwuanyi, the

Lagos State Governor reiterated his support for a united and

indivisible Nigeria.

Governor Ambode who was also in the south east geopolitical zone for the

late Dr. Ekwueme’s burial in his  capacity as the Chairman of Southern

Governors Forum, said he sees himself as part of the Igbo people, who

make up a good percentage of Lagos and

drive the state’s economy.

According to him: “I am more Igbo than any other person because Lagos

is a cosmopolitan State and I am not too sure whether I can cross any

street in Lagos without having an Igbo brother or sister and if you

want to govern Lagos properly, you have to abide by the rules and

conditions of business men and women and which the majority happens to

be our brothers.

“In the last 32 months that I have been Governor, I have tried as much

as possible to keep peace and keep harmony because that is the only

way my economy can grow and that is the only way Nigeria also can

grow. That is why we are for a united Nigeria.

“It is also why I am so happy that the last time that the Southern

Governors Forum meeting attended by all the Governors was held in

Lagos and being the Chairman of the Forum, I took it upon myself that

I have to be here for the burial of the late former Vice President, Dr

Alex Ekwueme”.

Other dignitaries at the event include the State’s Deputy Governor,

Hon Cecilia Ezeilo; former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu

Kwankwaso; Senate’s Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio;

members of the Enugu State House of Assembly and  Executive Council,

among others.