Enugu state Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah , Wednesday, inaugurated the newly constructed Akwata shopping complex with 222 lock up shops located at the Akwata section of Ogbete Market, Enugu. He also inaugurated the new Secretariat/ administrative complex at the Enugu North local government headquarters and 1.8km Afia Nine- Nkpokiti road constructed by the Chairman of the Enugu North Local Government, Emeka Onunze.
Pix- Inauguration of Akwata shopping complex
Speaking shortly before the inauguration, Governor Mbah, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Barr. Ifeanyi Ossai,commended the chairman for his investments in critical infrastructure in line with the focus of his administration. He said the newly constructed roads and the Akwata shopping complex would create job opportunities for the people, facilitate ease of doing business, and assist in driving the economy.
Pix- Inauguration of Akwata shopping complex
He said, “What we are witnessing today is in line with the plans of this government; to constantly keep making investments in critical infrastructure needed to create opportunities for our people and needed to drive the economy of our people and when you invest in road network, it is a moment for our people because our economy is essentially road driven. Both goods and services are road driven. So, any investment in road has a multiplier effect for services and goods. In that way we keep lifting our people out of poverty, we keep increasing our GDP because for all those people who sell on this road, for the time lost before this road was constructed, you are going to see a reduction in that time.”
He observed the obstruction caused by traders at Ogbete Market and urged the Local Government Chairman to take action and ensure people trading along the road, commercial buses were taken off the roads for free vehicular movement on the major roads.
Governor Mbah expressed delight over the current trend in the local government administration in the state, saying they had started giving priority to capital and other meaningful projects that would grow the economy of the state and add value to the lives of the people they were meant to serve.
He said, “We are happy that the councils in Enugu State are beginning to do infrastructures that are sustainable; they are beginning to migrate from councils of recurrent activities, to a place where councils act in manners that trigger economic development. Of course, they are taking a cue from the leadership of Governor Peter Mbah. If you look around our state, most of our councils, especially those outside the urban cities are huge investors in agriculture currently, and are synergizing with the State Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Industrialization in programmes like Special Agro-Processing Zones (SAPZ).”
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to partner with the third -tier in areas of development, economic growth, human capital asset, and eradication of poverty by supporting their programmes with resources for the benefit of the citizens.
Pix: The secretariat/ administrative complex
“You must also recognize that the councils are independent arm of government; so what we can do with them is partnership. We encourage them, and the economic commission is working with them on projects they invest their resources, and we support them to ensure that the will of the government and the benefit of our government get to our people”.
He charged Local Government Chairmen and those working with them to look inward, be more creative, share experiences and learn from their colleagues in order to boost their productivity, add value to the society, and invest in projects that would improve the standards of living of their people, enjoining them to emulate the Enugu North council chairman and speed up development.
He urged the Chairman to ensure the facilities were maintained.
Afia Nine -Nkpokiti road
Earlier in his welcome address, Enugu North Local Government Chairman, Emeka Onunze appreciated Governor Mbah for the support his administration had received from the state government throughout the period of projects lasted.
He said the projects were initiated to complement the efforts of the state government to reposition the state and make it a hub of investment. Onunze said that the shopping complex would boost the presence of economic activities in the area, and also generate revenue for the state.
“I want to thank the state Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah for the opportunity to serve the people and for the conducive environment for us to thrive. All these projects couldn’t have been possible without his encouragement and support.
“The Governor has become an inspiration and enabler to us in the third tier. Within the few months of his administration, we have started seeing huge changes in terms of performance and productivity, infrastructure, water, empowerment, security, and general growth,” he said.
Pix: Deputy Gov Ossai (L)Onunze(M) Aka(R)
According to the Chairman, the administrative office was named after the Governor Mbah because of his good governance metrics and impact across the state. He assured that the established maintenance culture in the system will ensure that completed projects and those under construction will not be abandoned.
Recall that the state government announced on September 6, 2023 that it would partner with local government areas in the state to fund development and other human capital projects across the local councils by providing 60 percent of the fund needed for the designated projects
Author: Maureen Ikpeama