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Nigeria at 60: Gov. Ugwuanyi receives peace award

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has been inducted as the primary Fellow of the Institute of Peace, Battle and Improvement Research (IPCDS) of the Enugu State College of Science and Expertise (ESUT), Enugu.

Talking in the course of the induction, the Director of IPCDS, Prof. Felix Asogwa disclosed that the selection of Gov. Ugwuanyi, which was a unanimous resolution, was made “on account of Your Excellency’s sterling qualities and achievements in Enugu State, since 2015, particularly within the space of peace-building.”

Disclosing that the train was the primary of its variety because the inception of the Institute, Prof. Asogwa added that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration “has been probably the most pleasant and peaceable administration ever in Enugu State”.

The Director described the governor as a person of peace and an astute battle supervisor, explaining that the Institute, which is novel in the whole South-East and South-South geo political zones, is saddled with the duty of “tutorial coaching and varied wants of people, teams and authorities within the aggregated areas of peace, battle, safety, defence, management and improvement, amongst others”.

Performing the induction, Prof. Asogwa mentioned: “Within the achievement of our mandate as a research-based establishment, we now have painstakingly studied your management type, which is anchored on lodging, openness and strategic engagement with numerous curiosity teams within the state and past, and got here to the conclusion that solely such type of management may have spawned such unprecedented developmental strides, which your administration has recorded since inception.

“Past the drive in infrastructural improvement, your administration has carried out exceptionally nicely within the areas of peace constructing and human safety. Your Excellency’s administration has additionally prioritized the well being safety of the folks, which was considerably scaled up within the administration of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s for this and plenty of extra causes that the Board of the Institute, in whole settlement with the College Administration, authorised Your Excellency’s induction as Fellow, Institute for Peace, Battle and Improvement Research (FIPCDS), in recognition of Your Excellency’s excellent management qualities within the areas of peace, battle administration, human safety and improvement”.

Of their separate speeches, the Professional-Chancellor/Chairman of ESUT Governing Council and Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah and the appearing Vice Chancellor of the College, Prof. Charles Eze, endorsed the choice, stressing that the governor’s dedication to peace and good governance was unprecedented.

Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi who delightfully accepted the fellowship award, pledged his help to the objectives of the Institute, promising to stay as much as the very best beliefs anticipated of him as a fellow of the physique.

The governor expressed deep appreciation and immense gratitude to the Institute in addition to the Chairman and members of ESUT Governing Council, noting that he was humbled when he obtained the data of the induction “significantly as a result of the award relies on my modest efforts on Peace and safety which stay cardinal to democracy and governance”.

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The governor identified that regardless of the problem of attaining and sustaining peace and safety, his administration has been “investing closely on and nonetheless dedicated to doing no matter I can to proceed to construct and maintain peace in Enugu State and to proceed to ensure the security of all residents and residents”.

He revealed that “consequent upon the decision of the South East Governors Discussion board, I stay the primary Governor to represent and arrange Enugu State Forest guards backed by laws along with the Neighbourhood Watch to examine the menace of criminals, particularly in our rural communities which aligns with my coverage and emphasis on the event of our rural communities”.

In response to him, “these deliberate steps, together with help to Legislation enforcement brokers to strengthen their dedication and improve their capability to examine crimes inside Enugu State, are undoubtedly cardinal however definitely not adequate to ensure peace and safety.

“For this reason as Governor, I spend loads of vitality, time and sources to encourage all residents, teams and communities to eschew conflicts and stay in peace. Alongside this line, I’ve taken pains to run an all-inclusive authorities devoid of divides that weaken somewhat than strengthen the chains of peace and safety.

“Past all these human efforts, I’ve from the date of my oath of workplace as Governor handed over Enugu State to the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob and the superior God of David. ‘Enugu State is within the Fingers of God.’

“My need as Governor is to proceed to work on peace and safety till they will habitually be taken without any consideration by all residents and residents of Enugu State. This award due to this fact touches on the very essence of our imaginative and prescient and mission in governance”.

Earlier within the quotation on Gov. Ugwuanyi, the Institute acknowledged that “the peace we now have at the moment in Enugu state has translated right into a secured atmosphere of existence, the place folks can sleep with their two eyes closed” including that “Enugu State at the moment is likely one of the most peaceable and secured State within the nation and this has elevated the boldness of traders which have recognized the State as an funding vacation spot, particularly with the existence of Free Export Processing Zone”.

They maintained that “Governor Ugwuanyi’s managerial acumen in relation to the administration of human and materials sources is superior”, mentioning that “in a rustic reeling in financial recession; a rustic the place many states can’t afford to pay staff’ salaries, Governor Ugwuanyi has introduced his Midas contact to bear”.

In response to them, “As we speak, Enugu State is ranked among the many three most resilient state economies in Nigeria; and one of many States that has saved religion with the immediate fee of staff’ salaries even when it’s not an oil-producing State. His administration has repositioned the LG Areas within the state and cleared the backlog of salaries inherited by his administration.
Moreover, by dint of exhausting work, altruism and sacrifice the governor has sustained the event tempo within the state and brought it a step additional by bringing the agricultural communities into the mainstream of improvement within the state.

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“As an example, on October fifteenth 2016, numerous rural improvement tasks have been concurrently flagged off in all of the 17 LGAs. Other than this, his administration has launched into quite a few legacy tasks within the state that point might not allow their enumeration right here.

“So as to add to the foregoing, Governor Ugwuanyi has demonstrated monumental capability in managing and resolving conflicts within the state by adopting a bipartisan method to governance. He has been capable of handle the herdsmen disaster in most components of the state and introduced peace among the many herdsmen and their host communities. He has been capable of convey collectively sworn enemies to the desk of peace they usually shook palms and ate collectively.

“He has been capable of resolve the intractable Oruku-Umuode battle which had defied all earlier options. Through the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, he personally supervised adherence to the lockdown in our numerous borders at odd hours of the night time.

“Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has demonstrated to humanity that peace is a product of constructive psychological perspective, whereas violence is the results of unfavourable pondering. That is the lesson that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has taught us since his emergence as Governor of Enugu State. No legacy will be larger than this. Governor Ugwuanyi has certainly proven persistence within the presence of challenges; braveness within the face of obstacles and resilience within the face of trials.

“His disposition to peace is likely one of the main explanation why the International Society for Anti-Corruption (GSAC), just lately appointed him as a International Peace Ambassador. This appointment has proven that whereas many individuals could also be disposed to violence, there are nonetheless women and men of honour and conscience who deny themselves loads to hunt and maintain peace in any respect prices. Such individuals are uncommon and Governor Ugwuanyi falls into this class. Regardless of the various studs in the best way, Governor Ugwuanyi has remained as calm as a mild dove; preferring to overcome his adversaries by peace and love.

“John Okwoeze Odey wrote in his epic ebook “Mahatma Gandhi: A Profile in Love, Peace and Non-violence” that as early as December 1909, Gopal Krishna Gokhale advised the members of the Indian Nationwide Congress at Lahore that “a purer, a nobler, a braver and extra exalted spirit than Gandhi have by no means moved on this earth. Gandhi, he mentioned is “a person amongst males, a hero amongst heroes, a patriot amongst patriots”. This testimony aptly befits Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and we might nicely say that in Governor Ugwuanyi, Enugu State, humanity at the moment has reached its excessive water-mark.

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“Individuals like Governor Ugwuanyi are despatched by God to redeem us from a way of frequent place and futility, and are an inspiration to us to not weary in well-doing and selling peace. Ugwuanyi has proven us a brand new method in peace constructing, which we can’t ignore. We should reward him for taking a non-violent method to governance in Enugu State; for demonstrating love as a substitute of hate for his folks. This, for us, is probably the most important work; an important of all of the work being carried out in Enugu State at the moment, whereby not solely the folks of Enugu State however the whole southeast will partake of.

“In Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State has seen a person with out armies; with out political thugs, with out showmanship, with nothing however goodness; the goodness that’s prepared to be vilified by males of lesser understanding, whose disposition to good has risen from the north of Enugu to manipulate males within the east and west of Enugu State.

“Ugwuanyi has proven us the best way out of political disaster and that method is the best way of affection, benevolence and non-violence. This method is the ethical equal of warfare in opposition to bellicosity and high-handedness in governance. Governor Ugwuanyi is certainly a person amongst males, a patriot amongst patriots and a dove of peace. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has taught us that the place warfare destroys and tears aside, peace builds, strengthens and restores.

“He has proven us that peaceable revolution is the result of peaceable pondering; that peaceable minds make for a peaceable world and {that a} peaceable society is the results of peaceable individuals selling peace in any respect prices; that peace will be established solely when each single unit of society is able to stay in peace; and that solely these individuals who’re able to embrace peace, whatever the circumstances, can stay in peace.

“For Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Jesus’ instructing within the Sermon on the Mount that “Blessed are the peacemakers for they are going to be known as sons of God”, is completely true. It’s in view of the quite a few achievements of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in Enugu State, particularly within the space of peace constructing that we proudly current him to you as the primary recipient of the distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Peace, Battle and Improvement Research, (IPCDS), Enugu State College of Science and Expertise, Enugu”.

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