By Emmanuella Igwe
The immediate past governor of Awka Ibom State and the Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Godswill Akpabio has expressed delight with the relationship between Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and his predecessor Sullivan Chime, hailing the governor for peace and good governance in the state.
Akpabio, who spoke during the funeral ceremony of his grand mother-in-law, Madam Mercy Uduoku Neife Igwenagu in Ezeagu Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State, which was attended by Ugwuanyi and ex-Governor Chime, among other dignitaries, told Chime that “it is not easy to see to a successor giving you this respect; keeping up with your projects; maintaining the projects; improving on them and ensuring the peace of the state”.
The Senator commended Ugwuanyi for his uncommon leadership style anchored on peace and good governance and encouraged the immediate past governor of Enugu State to “support Ugwuanyi for the good works he is doing in this state”.
Akpabio noted that he was impressed with the giant development strides of Ugwuanyi, the state’s peaceful atmosphere and the warm hospitality he observed when he visited Enugu with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State for the burial of the late former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, stressing that all these were achieved when “there was recession”.
“The joy you (Ugwuanyi) also gave me was when I left Enugu Government House in the night, I saw street lights everywhere. I said, I thought in many states that they said that there is recession and I entered those states and there were no street lights again. But you have not only been able to maintain what you met on ground, you have improved on them, you are still improving on them”, Apkabio pointed out.