Lady Monica Chidinma Ada Eze who was recently reappointed as the Technical Assistant (TA) on Media to Governor David Nweze Umahi (FNATE, FNSE) the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State has described the current dispensation in the life of Ebonyi State and her people as a period of triple celebrations. Celebration of the 59th Independence anniversary of Nigeria, 23rd anniversary of the creation of Ebonyi State and creation of the modern Ebonyi State under the visionary and innovative leadership of Governor of the Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi according to the dream of the founding fathers of Ebonyi State.
According to Lady Monica Eze the President/Founder of David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA) a vibrant, virile grassroots NGO whose inputs and mobilisation towards the reelection of His Excellency Second Term bid is in the open and acknowledged widely both within and outside Nigeria highlighted that by every October 1st, Nigerians roll out drums to celebrate the country’s independence from the British colonialists. In Ebonyi State, October 1st, provides her own celebration as the state was equally created on the same day. Thus as the country marked its 59 birthday, Ebonyi also celebrates 23 years of its creation. This year’s celebration of both the Nigeria’s Independence 59 anniversary and 23rd anniversary of the creation of Ebonyi State is a bit unique and different as it falls within the periods most State Governments in Nigeria are also celebrating the 100 days in office of most of State Executive Governors that were sworn in by May 29th 2019.
She opined that Ebonyi State at the age of 23 has come of age to take its rightful position among the comity of States in Nigeria courtesy of the remarkable impacts and innovative leadership that the current Governor have brought to bear on the leadership of the State.
Ebonyi and all Ebonyians are truly in festive spirit as apart from celebration of the 59th independence anniversary of Nigeria and the 23rd anniversary of the creation of Ebonyi State, Ebonyians are also celebrating the remarkable feats of Governor Umahi within the past four years in areas of healthcare, education, security, agriculture, maintaince and dualisation of Federal Roads particularly the Abakaliki to Enugu and Abakaliki to Afikpo Express Roads, Construction of the Biggest State Shopping Mall in Nigeria, prompt payment of salaries to civil servants and pension to pensioners, infrastructural revolution which was showcased during the 100 Days magical days in which most State Governors in Nigeria were expected to present their scorecards to the public. “Ebonyi is truly blessed with an enigma and innovative leader as her Governor that one can easily postulate that the modernization of Ebonyi State have been achieved in our life time through Apostle Dr. David Nweze Umahi.
Ebonyi State in the eyes of the world was a State infested and known for the menace of the deadly Guinea-worms and water borne diseases with a Local Government Secretariat as its Government House but since the coming of Governor Umahi all these negative thoughts about Ebonyi State has become things of the past.
“Those who have visited Ebonyi State before the coming of this Infrastructural Bulldozer cannot know the State if they visit the State now as the changes in the State is even more visible to the blind. Apart from the approval of the request by the administration of Governor Dave Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State to construct an International Airport by the Federal Government at a time when the only International Airport in the South-East, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, had been shut down by the Federal Government for repairs” Monica averred.
She stated that, “It is on record that Governor Umahi is the first Governor from Ebonyi State to embark upon construction of over five gigantic flyovers in the State and completed them. To make the State a truly modern State, Governor Umahi is planning to construct the first Olympiad size Stadium and the Ebonyi Ring Road linking almost all the Local Government Headquarters of the State. The construction of one of the best Government House in Nigeria is 85% completed. The Ecumenical Centre initiated and 98% completed one of the best in entire West African countries. The best motor park in the entire Nigeria is under construction in the State capital coupled with the electrification of all the Local Government Headquarters of the State including major towns in the State. All the major roads to major towns and Local Government Headquarters are all being constructed.
The Water-Scheme in the State is being developed to supply water to all areas of the State coupled with all other major developments that has placed the State as the most developing economy in Nigeria.
All these feats to make Ebonyi State one of the most developed States in Nigeria, Dr. Umahi scored another first amongst all the Governors that have governed Ebonyi State to become the South-South Vice-Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Head the South East Governors Forum.
Lady Monica Eze AKA Ada Ebonyi furthet stated that if what makes a State modern are the provisions of quality and drinkable water scheme, good roads, electricity, quality infrastructural facilities then one can conclude without fear of contradiction that with all that Gov. Umahi have achieved within the span of four years that he is the Creator of modern Ebonyi State.
She congratulated Governor Umahi and the entire Ebonyians on this occasion of the celebration of both the independence of Nigeria and creation of Ebonyi State and most importantly the speedily development of the State.