May 29: Ex-CNPP Chief Urges Ugwuanyi To Change Commissioners

Ahead of the May 29 transition date, Adonys Igwe, a former Chairman of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Enugu State has urged Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to constitute a new cabinet, comprising mainly of fresh hands.
Igwe advised Ugwuanyi to drop most of his old commissioners in the new cabinet, especially those who were seen as redundant in the outgoing government.

In an interview with journalists in Enugu, the former CNPP boss who is currently Chairman of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) in the state, said most of the serving commissioners were “self-centred” and allowed Governor Ugwuanyi to do the entire job alone. 
According to Igwe, while the Governor worked round the clock to meet the expectations of the people, some of his commissioners were busy gallivanting around Enugu in government branded jeeps.
He noted that there should be a division of labour even in government business, but regretted that most serving commissioners in Enugu State showed minimal interest in the activities of the government they were serving in.
Igwe said the people of Enugu cherish the peace and progress enthroned by Governor Ugwuanyi in his first tenure and would not want him to break down in his second tenure when they expect him to consolidate on the gains so far recorded.
He urged the Governor to take advantage of the abundant talents in Enugu State and look for fresh blood to inject into his government.
“We do not want the Governor to break down. He works from morning till late in the night when some of these commissioners are at home with their wives. The Governor has been around for some time and he knows his commissioners. He knows the few who are doing well and the majority who are not doing much.
“He knows Enugu people one by one. We have three senatorial districts in Enugu State and 260 wards. We have abundant talents. I do not see the reason why somebody should stay in office as commissioner for eight years, more so, when the person has not shown enough interest in the success of the government and progress of the state.
“Anyway, I am sure that the Governor will not make the mistake of re-appointing all these non-performing commissioners. Re-appointment should be based on performance,” Igwe said.
He praised the Governor for enthroning peace in Enugu State, pointing out that without peace, there will be no progress. He expressed confidence in the ability of Governor Ugwuanyi to deliver on his electoral promises in the second term, especially infrastructure development, agriculture, human capital development and job creation.
“The people of Enugu State and indeed Ndigbo, in general, are taking note of the charismatic leadership of Governor Ugwuanyi. At the right time we will give him a higher assignment. For us, he is the best candidate for Igbo presidency in 2023,” Igwe said.
Asked to comment on the latest statement by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu that he would not contest for Senate again, the ex-CNPP boss said, “it is a mere political statement and he may come out tomorrow to say that his people want him to contest again.” 

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