Obasanjo Charges Governors on Development

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By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday charged the 36 state governors in the country to raise the bar in developmental performance so as to give the country a new lease of life

He stated that the issue of development from governance was imperative if the poor masses were to feel the wind of good life.

Obasanjo commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for what he called good work he was doing to better the lot of the people of the state.

Praising the Enugu governor for exemplary performance, the former president said, “thank you for the good work you are doing in the state for the benefit of your people. Keep it up.

“From the reports I get, you are doing well. If out of 36 states of the country you can get one that is doing well, it would be encouraging to continue to work on others to do well and by the time you can get up to 50% of the states doing well, it would mean the country would be better. So, keep it up”, said the former president.

Obasanjo spoke on the occasion when the acting national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Ali Modu-Sherif, and some other top politicians in the country were present. They had all returned to Enugu after attending the burial ceremony of the mother of Ebonyi State governor, Engr. Dave Umahi.

Governor Ugwuanyi who played host to the political heavy-weights, including the billionaire businessman and politician, Prince Arthur Eze, thanked the former president for his visit and for his kind words.

“We are, indeed, very grateful. We will continue to benefit from your wealth of experience so that we can continue to serve our people better”, said the governor.

During the visit, Obasanjo characteristically stoked his usual humorous mien when he danced to a highlife tune rendered by a life band on hand at the Banquet Hall of the Enugu Governor’s Lodge.