Indeed, the East anywhere is an unusual geography; topographically fashioned for greatness and great men alike. The East any place houses the wise, the soundness of mind and symbolizes the “think thank” zone of its society altogether.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem. “Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
This dates back to Origen in Contra Celsum: “gold, as to a king; myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and incense, as to a God.” Probably a story I will revisit.
The Governor Ugwuanyi’s tale of exploit is fast becoming a course of national discourse. Nothing captures the governors garlands better than the sun Newspapers verdict of 28th October, 2018; where the helmsmans successes were rated far higher than that of his peers (including those from the oil rich region, where money is presumably headquartered); thereby, bagging “the Governor of the year award.”
Nothing, I mean nothing surpasses his recognition as most labour-friendly governor in the history of Enugu state”, by the state labour on the 17th July, 2017; following his transparent management of the Paris club refund, especially the use of 100% of the local governments share of the fund to offset the arrears of LG workers salaries and some pensions arrears owed pensioners in the 17councils of the state.
These feats are in contradiction to popular opinion that a less industrialized state like Enugu can hardly ditch states like the viable cities of Lagos and Rivers state in the areas of fiscal investments and infrastructural deposits in one administrative year as adjudged by Sun Newspapers and other Nigerians.
Indeed, the words of Israelmore Ayivor who once noted that “Leadership is self-made, self-retained, self-inculcated and then exposed through a faithful, sincere and exemplary life” is factual.
Leadership excellence is a tale of preparation and opportunity. The duo are intertwined, interconnected and welded for the purposes of attaining excellence and responsiveness.
Otherwise, the daunting task of strengthening institutions; building and rehabilitating critical infrastructure both in urban and rural areas to enhance business engagements in the state; promoting agriculture to ensure food security; investing heavily on education; promoting investment and private participation to revive the states economy and making Enugu the first choice destination for investment in the South-East geo-political zone, among others are indeed, herculean tasks capable of shooting any state to an Olympian height of its dreams.
While we will all accept without mincing words that provision of critical infrastructure, socio-economic development, workers welfare, security, peace, and empowerment, among others are clear cases of preparation meeting opportunity; it is equally an obvious remark that His Excellency, RT. Hon. Ifeanyi ugwuanyi is a mystical revelation from the Eastern part of Nigeria.
He epitomizes wisdom, selflessness and magnanimity in governance. Here is a man who is a symbol of loyalty, dedication and simplicity; yet he cuts the size of governor general of the country following his uncommon strides.
Governor Ugwuanyi brings human face to governance; he introduces a dimension unfathomable into public service generally; and he deserves our supports as he makes his way into second term in office as already signed, sealed and delivered by divinity.
Gwiyi Solomon writes from Enugu State.