May 29: Enugu residents want Ugwuanyi to focus more on education, agriculture

A cross section of Enugu residents has urged  Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to put more efforts on education, agriculture and other infrastructural development in his second tenure.

The residents disclosed this in a vox pop conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday ahead of the new dispensation starting in May 29.

A legal practitioner, Mr. Joseph Ikpe said that he expected the governor and governor elect to tackle the issues adding that no state would thrive without quality education and agriculture.

An Enugu-based businessman, Chief Polycarp Ugwu urged the governor to revive moribund industries in the state to create job opportunities for the teeming youth.

Ugwu listed the industries to include Hotel Presidential, flour mill and farm settlements in Adani, Uzouwani Local Government Area and Aninri council area to boost food security.

He however, commended the governor for the relative peace in the state and urged him to sustain it.

In a related development, a civil servant, who spoke in anonymity, wants the governor to implement the new minimum wage of N30,000 in his next tenure to improve workers’ income.

The worker, who commended Ugwuanyi for prompt payment of salary, said the new minimum wage would go a long way in alleviating their plight following high cost of living in the country.

“Our take home is nothing to write home about though it comes as and when due but there is urgent need to increase it.

“I commend Gov Ugwuanyi for his resilience in salary payment especially the 13th month allowance,’’ the source said.

Mr Chekwube Ilo, a public analyst urged the governor to appoint technocrats in his cabinet who would help him to transform the state.

Ilo also urged the federal government to diversify the economy of the nation to reduce the over dependence on crude oil. ( NAN )