Enugu: No debt as LG boss ends 1st term

Chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area, Hon Emma Onoh, has hailed the Enugu State Governor, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for providing enabling environment for Council Chairmen to operate, describing the governor as a super administrator.
The council boss made the remarks when the governor paid official visit to the council to inaugurate some key projects undertaken by his administration.
The facilities included a multipurpose pavilion at the council headquarters, which was named after the governor, as well as an ultra modern shopping centre, with expansive parks and other facilities.
The complex, which strategically, seats near New Market, along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway contains over 300 stalls.
The governor was represented by his deputy, Hon Cecilia Ezeilo, at the event which marked Chairman’s end of tenure valedictory formalities.
“I am happy and grateful to God that we are winding off this tenure on a joyful and partying note. My immense gratitude to our governor, who gave us all the necessary enabling environment to excel.
“We enjoyed free hand and very cordial relationship with him. He is a super administrator, and may God continue to guide and protect him,” he said.
According to Onoh, he was the first LG Chairman to commence payment of salaries on the 25th of every month, in the state, and maintained that feat all through, adding that, “it is also on record that we are not owing any salary arrears, including councilors.
“We are not owing any leave allowance, up to 2018. So, I can beat my chest, to the glory of God, that all parties got all their due share”.
Estimated at about N100 million, the outgone Chairman described the pavilion as a legacy that would always have a place in his heart due to its vital importance, describing it as a multi-purpose structure designed to also serve non-council organized functions.
On the ultramodern shops and parks, Onoh explained that they were constructed in a conscious bid to decongest the Ogbete Main market. He said that Ogbete, which is the biggest market in Enugu, was currently overcrowded.
“We are trying to relocate some designated traders to the New Market. The perishable section of the main market would be moved to the new shopping centre, to enable them enjoy enough space to do their business, while other actions would follow gradually.
For member representing Enugu North in the State House of Assembly, Hon Ibenaku Onoh, the ex-Chairman deserves commendation for a successful tenure, describing him as a great achiever.
“I am impressed about his great outing as Chairman of Enugu North LGA. However, I am not surprised about his achievements because, I know that he is endowed with high leadership qualities. He served under our governor, a workaholic and great achiever, and under such leader, you have no choice but to adopt his style of people-oriented service,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the governor, before cutting the inauguration tape, the deputy governor appreciated Hon Onoh for his achievements, which he described as laudable.

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