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National Assembly happy with Ugwuanyi–Dogara

Speaker, House of Representatives, YakubuDogara, has extolled the leadership qualities of Governor IfeanyiUgwuanyi of Enugu State, describing him as “an established leader” who is being celebrated widely because of his closeness to the people and effective delivery of the dividends of democracy in spite of the nation’s economic challenges.
Speaker Dogara, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, added that Ugwuanyi is “a very nice man to a fault”, who “wants to please everybody”, saying he has “done exceptionally well” in office and members of the National Assembly in particular and the people of Enugu State “are exceedingly proud of what you have achieved”.
The speaker, who stated this during a grand reception for Ugwuanyi by members of the Enugu State National Assembly Caucus, said he is delighted at the governor’s popularity and humility. “When I cameto Enugu and I saw market women, I saw so many indigenes coming to the Government House, dancing and singing”.
He disclosed that the people he saw were not rented crowds, but those who were speaking from the bottom of their hearts and lauded Governor Ugwuanyi for “investing in people”.
According to him, “Ugwuanyi is a person that you will never meet in mansions when you go to Enugu. You will meet him among his people and that is where his heart is. And that is where the heart of a leader should be”.
Speaking on his unprecedented achievements in spite of the state’s lean resources, Speaker Dogara while recalling the governor’s firm belief in the miracle of “five loaves and two fish” stated that “our brother (Ugwuanyi) who is a true leader is performing beyond expectation with the very little resources that he has.
“Your Excellency, now that you have done exceptionally well, Enugu people are happy and they have decided to endorse you for a second term. When the people of Enugu State say that we are celebrating you, we are appreciating you; it means they are applying for more. So I wish you well. I know that you will continue to distinguish yourself creditably and define leadership in Enugu State”, the speaker added.
In his remark, the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, BalaNa’allah, who represented the Senate President, Senator BukolaSaraki, also eulogized Ugwuanyi for his outstanding leadership qualities, saying he “is one of the most decent and honest people that I have worked closely with.
“I was with him in the Committee on Marine Transport and then he was with me when I chaired the Committee on Judiciary in the House of Representatives.We developed a concept on how to deliver on our responsibilities transparently and efficiently’’.
At the event, the Enugu National Assemblycaucus unanimously endorsed the governor for a second term in office for his effective leadership and entrenchment of peace and good governance.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on behalf of federal lawmakers from Enugu State, said the endorsement was predicated on the governor’s developmental strides and his leadership style characterized by justice, equity, and peace.
“Governor Ugwuanyi has connected with the people of EnuguState in a very peculiar way. Today, communities have their liaison officers, and they execute projects. Everybody is part and parcel of government.
“Therefore, I have the mandate of members of the Enugu State caucus at the National Assembly, and I also believe all our people who live in Abuja, to say that on account of the peace you have brought and all the work you have done for the last three years, we have no hesitation whatsoever in endorsing you for one more term in 2019”.
Responding, Governor Ugwuanyi, who appreciated the caucus for their show of love and support, noted that the prevailing peace and cooperation between the federal lawmakers and his administration has resulted in numerous constituency projects and federal government interventions in the state.
He assured that the years of dichotomy now belong to the past.

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