’40 seconds’, a now in vogue phrase invented by the controversial nollywood actress Tonto Dike when she described her estranged husband’s abysmal bedroom performance.
The phrase however, figuratively, has been used to describe anything abysmal and a not-so- impressive performances.
It’s no longer news that governance in Enugu state under the stewardship of governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has become more or less a ‘the more you look, the less you see’ venture.
A governance where praise singers are recruited on daily basis to bamboozle the unsuspecting general public.
This is a government characterized by mindless braggadocio and steadily eulogized by people with vested interest in the state.
A government that’s on the news on daily basis. Not that it’s commissioning projects, but either receiving awards from various clandestine groups or attending public functions.
People residing outside the state are being fed with wrong and deceitful information that all is well in the state, but in the truest state of it, the reverse is the case. This is a government that has been repeatedly beating it’s chest on ensuring maximum security in the state. They forgot so soon that the state wasn’t a theatre of war when they took over.
In fact, security has worsened under their watchful eyes. Crime has heightened as political thuggery was elevated during the last election.
The PDP led state government has maintained a rotational leadership amongst the three senatorial districts in the state with past leaders prioritising development of their zones.
When it was the turn of Enugu north senatorial district to hasten the development of their zone via the election of Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, he appears, as suggested by his performance so far, to be a flop and a parochial leader with a ’40 seconds’ leadership quality.
The only project that the governor has completed in his zone is a few kilometers Opi-Nsukka road. This he did, but not without defacing the entirety of the state with the project pictures.
While other neighbouring states are commissioning industries built by the state, ours is either receiving an inconsequential award with both hands.
Ebonyi state for instance has gone ‘haywire’ in it’s quest to develop the state. The governor is either commissioning ultramodern market projects and other state of the art projects or busy wooing foreign investors into the state.
The only project that has seemingly caught the fancy of our dear governor is a ‘world class’ stadium in all the senatorial districts of the state. What’s the rationale behind this initiative when the fire service stations the state embarked upon have been left uncompleted. The Orba ‘world class’ hospital project has nothing else to show except the signpost bearing the “proposed Orba hospital site”.
The governor hasn’t only failed his zone but the state at large.
We thought by now, Nsukka district would be wearing a new look. We thought by now, Obollo Afor, the eastern gateway to the northern Nigeria will be competing with cities like Zaria, Onitsha, Aba etc.
The latest achievement, according the government’s praise singers is the relocation of some ESUT faculties to an unnamed location in Nsukka.
This only came after some barrage of criticisms from concerned citizens.
While they continue to cheer and make merriment over the ‘proposed’ relocation of faculties to Nsukka zone, they should remember the fact that the proposed ‘world class’ stadium project to be cited in Nsukka has yet to leave the drawing board.