Professor of Political Economy and Management, Pat Utomi has challenged the Enugu State Governor-elect Peter Mbah and his 60-man Transition Committee to revive the Imagination of Zik and Okpara in developing the state.
Utomi made the call in his goodwill message to the transition team via zoom, during the inauguration of Mbah’s Transition Committee led by Ike Chioke, at the old Enugu Government Lodge, Abakaliki Road, Enugu.
He called on the incoming government to re-activate the Igbo Imagination of development and create discipline in the government system.
He lamented over the state of Enugu and called on the team to be creative and set up a road map that would restore Enugu to it’s glory as the capital of the South East zone.
Utomi, who recalled his memorable days at University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and Enugu metropolis also called on the team to develop the “I can do spirit and enablement of Igbo man. Help to ensure the rule of law, find a creative financial models and have effective public finance management.
Peter Mbah, maintained that his blueprint to transform Enugu State was achievable as he officially inaugurated the 60-man Transition Committee appointed to ensure smooth transition to his administration on May 29, this year.
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Mbah expressed the optimism that members of the committee, made up of technocrats, transparency and accountability advocates, financial and management experts, entrepreneurs, as well as tech and innovation specialists would apply their vast experiences, expertise and ideas in developing a policy and action plan for his incoming administration.
“Today in Enugu, I inaugurated our Transition Committee led by Engr. Ike Chioke. I feel honoured to have some of our best brains accept to serve our dear state in this regard,” Mbah said.
The Governor-elect also said that although their development plans might seem unachievable, “We are optimistic that with the vision we have, Enugu will take the enviable position it occupied in terms of development.
“I know doubters and critics may doubt our plans to transform Enugu, but we believe that they can be achieved because they are achievable.”
Mbah also said that their plan to provide jobs for the teeming youths of the state and equip them with digital skills could be achieved when their plans are put into action which the Committee would help to fine-tune.
“We are fully committed to the ease of doing business to make Enugu enviable, and attractive for investors,” he said.
The Committee Chairman, Chioke, charged Mbah to hit the ground running to ensure that within 180 days, the impact of the administration would be felt by the Enugu people.
“The honour you will do for us, the Transaction Committee, is that in 100 days, you would have done something tangible to show that indeed tomorrow is here.”