Lt. Colonel Herbert Obi-Eze was appointed Military Administrator of Anambra State in Nigeria in August 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. During his tenure, Enugu State was split off from Anambra on 27 Aug 1991, with Obi-Eze continuing as governor of Enugu State. He handed over power to the elected civilian governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo in January 1992.
In 2007, he was head of the Imo State Security Committee.
Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (Okwy) (born 28 July 1950 in Nsukka, Nigeria) is a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Enugu State in January 1992 during the Nigerian Third Republic. Later he became a senior politician in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Nwodo studied medicine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1971–77). Between 1977 and 1980, he was a house officer at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu and at the Military Hospital in Jos. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Surgeons, London (1980) and the Belgrade Medical School, Yugoslavia (1980–84), gaining an MB.BS in Medicine and Surgery. He worked as a pediatric surgeon in Yugoslavia and then in Birmingham, England, before returning to Nigeria and taking a post as Medical Doctor at the Ukehe Medical Centre and Maternity (1984-1991).
Nwodo was elected Governor of Enugu State in January 1992 on the NRC platform during the Nigerian Third Republic. He held office until November 1993, when General Sani Abacha came to power in a military coup.
He was twice elected Secretary General of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999-2001. In October 2001, he was replaced by Vincent Ogbulafor as PDP party secretary. He fell out with Enugu State governor Chimaroke Nnamani in 2002. In December 2003, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission announced that it was investigating Nwodo and others in connection with a multi-billion naira bribery scandal related to the National Identity Card scheme.
In 2007, he was awarded a national honor, Commander of the Niger (CON), by President Shehu Yar’Adua. In 2010, he was elected National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party. In 2010, he was cleared of all charges on the Identity Card scandal. In 2014, The Beta Sigma Fraternity International, at its biennial convention held at Enugu, elected Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, former Governor of Enugu State, as its President for the next two years. Other elected officers include; Dr Duke Igwilo, UK-based Forensic Psychiatrist and Director General, Alex Ekwueme Foundation, as Vice President; Mr Valentine Okechukwu as Registrar, Dr Emeka Obieze as Deputy Registrar, Mr Charles Ekwulugo as Financial Secretary and Damian Obiora as Publicity Secretary. In his acceptance speech, Nwodo, enjoined all members to live up to the high ideals for which the Beta Sigma was formed in Nigeria. He stated that “at a time when our society is plagued by socio-economic problems and security challenges, members should extend hand of fellowship to the less-privileged and the poor in our communities.” He said activities to mark the golden jubilee of the Fraternity will be announced soon. The Beta Sigma Fraternity International is a socio-cultural, philanthropic and international service organisation for graduates and undergraduates worldwide.
Navy Captain (later Commander) Temi Ejoor was a Nigerian Military Administrator of Enugu State (December 1993 – September 1994) and then of Abia State (September 1994 – August 1996) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
Temi Ejoor was born in Ughelli in Delta State.He is an alumnus of Hussey College Warri.
As Abia State governor he earned the nickname “Wey my own?” among the locals because he reportedly asked this question about any government project, asking how big his cut would be. He dismissed about three thousand staff of Nsukka origin who had been appointed during the Nwodo administration.The concept of Obuaku City was conceived during his rule, as a new city to provide homes for people working in the nearby big cities of Aba and Port Harcourt, but little progress was made.
Lucky Mike Torey is a retired army officer who was appointed Military Administrator of Ondo State, Nigeria from December 1993 to September 1994, and then of Enugu State until August 1996 during the military regime of general Sani Abacha. He died on 16 November 2013, after a brief illness.
Colonel Lucky Mike Torey established the Enugu State Environmental Protection Agency in 1995. In 1996, Torey stopped state government subventions to some of the Enugu State parastatals, including the Enugu State water corporation.
In 2005, Torey was one of the aspirants to the Unuevworo traditional stool in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government area of Delta State. In March 2010, Torey chaired a ceremony where the Federal Government presented a Site Handing Over Certificate to H.O.B. Nigeria for a 430-unit housing project in Akure, Ondo State.
Sule M. Ahman is a retired army officer who was appointed Military Administrator of Enugu State, Nigeria from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of general Sani Abacha.
During the military coup of 27 August 1985, when General Ibrahim Babangida became head of state, Major Sule Ahman lent support in his position in Supply and Transport in the Ikeja Cantonment.
As military administrator of Enugu State, Colonel Ahman inaugurated the 22nd General Assembly of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, held in Enugu in 1997. In his address, Ahman urged the Chief Executives to help educate and enlighten the public, to ensure the success of the nation’s transition programme. Ahman initiated a policy that only indigenes should be employed in the public service of Enugu State. Non-indigenes were summarily dismissed. He was also responsible for a major overhaul to the charter of the Enugu State Environmental Protection Agency which his predecessor Colonel Lucky Mike Torey had established in 1995, increasing its power and the scope of its duties.
Navy Captain Benson Adewunmi Agbaje was appointed Military Administrator of Enugu State, Nigeria from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalam Abubakar, handing over to the elected civilian governor Chimaroke Nnamani when democracy returned with the Nigerian Fourth Republic. In March 1999, he apparently ordered the arrest of Emeka Mamah, the chief correspondent of the Vanguard newspapers in Enugu, an unusual move during the transition to democracy.He was forced to retire in June 1999 under a law that affected all military ministers, governors and administrators in the Babangida, Abacha and Abubakar regimes.
Chimaroke Nnamani (born 30 May 1960) is a medical doctor and Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007. He subsequently served as a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senator for Enugu East Senatorial District from 2007 to 2011 and was re-elected in 2019.
Nnamani, though born in Port Harcourt, hails from Agbani in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended the Methodist Primary School, Enugu, and the College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), also in Enugu. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus). He had his post-graduate training in the State University of New York and the Inter-faith Medical Center/Down State Medical Center, Brooklyn New York (Obstetrics and Gynecology). His postgraduate training and research continued at the Perinatal Biology Center, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Southern California; Molecular Biology and Tissue Cytology Laboratory, Jerry “L” Pettis Veterans Administration Hospital, Loma Linda, California; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Perinatal Biology, College of Medicine, Loma Linda University (with specialization in maternal fetal medicine); and College of Medicine, University of South Florida.
Basic Science: Gap junction physiology, cell-to-cell communication modulated by connexin protein, tissue cytology, molecular biology and prenatal biology.
Clinical Interest: Premature labour, prematurity and high-risk pregnancy, obstetrics ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis and genetics. He has had research publications and abstract presentations in major scientific journals and meetings (Nnamani et al, 1994, Biology of Reproduction, 50, 377-389).
Division of Perinatal Biology (3), Department of Gynecology/Obstetrics (4), Department of Pediatrics (5), Departments of Anatomy (6), Physiology and Pharmacology (7), Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, 92354; Molecular Cytology Laboratory (8), Veterans Administration Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.
Medical Practice/Teaching: Before he veered into politics and public service back home in Nigeria, Dr. Nnamani was an attending physician in the following health facilities in the United States: Loma Linda University Medical Center, California; San Bernardino County Medical Center, California; Riverside General Hospital, California; Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida; and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children, Orlando, Florida. He was a maternal and fetal medicine specialist with the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Associates, Principal Practicing Group, Orlando, Florida.
Professional Societies: He belonged to a number of professional societies such as the Society for Perinatal Obstetricians, American Society for Cell Biology, Society for Gynecologic Investigations, American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, and Licensure of California, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida and District of Columbia. He is a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Enugu State.
Dr. Nnamani’s first foray in national politics was his election as the National President of the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA). He was elected Governor of Enugu State of Nigeria and re-elected for a second term in 2003. His eight years tenure witnessed many groundbreaking projects including the sprawling new permanent campus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital and College of Medicine at Parklane, Enugu, the Enugu Campus of the Nigerian Law School, the Ebeano Tunnel, dualization of Rangers Avenue and Chime Avenue, opening of a new route linking Nza Street and Chime Avenue in Enugu, the new State Judiciary headquarters, the International Conference Centre project, the Enugu State Building in Abuja, amongst others.
He was first elected to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing the Enugu East Senatorial District and served from 2007 to 2011. He re-contested for the seat in the April 2011 elections, this time on the platform of the People for Democratic Change (PDC), but lost in controversial circumstances. He vied for the same seat again in the 2015 elections and was widely projected to win when, to the consternation of the populace, his main challenger was surprisingly declared as the winner, this time provoking spontaneous mass protests that rocked the capital city of Enugu for days.
Return to the Senate
Following overtures from the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he returned to the party in 2017. Ahead of the 2019 general elections, he rested mounting speculations over his political future when he picked the senatorial nomination form of the party for Enugu East Senatorial District. At the senatorial primary election held on 2 October 2018 he polled 601 votes to easily beat six other contestants, amongst them the then incumbent Senator Gilbert Nnaji, who polled 69 votes. He soon embarked on a vigorous street-to-street campaign that enlivened Enugu metropolis as the people surged out to cheer him up. He also took his campaign to all the development centers in the 6 local government councils of the senatorial district as well as the major markets, reconfirming his reputation as a crowd puller. In the ensuing National Assembly elections of 23 February 2019, he won with a wide margin. Nnamani scored a total of 128,843 votes to trounce his closest rival, Prince Lawrence Ozoemeka Ezeh, who garnered 14,225 votes while Uchenna Agbo of APGA came third with 1,586 votes. Nnamani has repeatedly credited his smooth return journey to the Senate to the strong backing he received from the Governor of his state, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (aka Gburugburu). He received his certificate of return as a senator-elect from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on 14 March 2019 and assumed office on 11 June 2019 following the inauguration of the 9th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was subsequently appointed as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa/NEPAD and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Drugs and Narcotics,in addition to membership of the following Senate Committees: Health, Foreign Affairs, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Diaspora and NGOs, Land Transport as well as Women Affairs.
As governor, Dr. Nnamani established District Education Centers in the state, conceived and built the permanent campus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT),constructed and handed over to the Federal Government, the Enugu Campus of the Nigerian Law School, and also constructed and handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, the Airforce Comprehensive High School at Agbani. His administration established new special science schools in different parts of the state, carried out the renovation of public primary and secondary schools and provided them with school desks and teachers’ tables and chairs.
Being a medical doctor, it was no surprise that health was a top priority to Governor Nnamani. His administration established four district hospitals and 19 cottage hospitals in the state. A partnership with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) saw to the rehabilitation and upgrade of many healthcare facilities under the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS I & II). The flagship project of the administration in the health sector, however, was apparently the transformation of the former General Hospital at Parklane, GRA, Enugu, into the present ESUT Teaching Hospital and ESUT College of Medicine. The massive project involved the construction of new buildings, refurbishing of existing ones and the provision of modern equipment that enabled the facility to pass the accreditation of the relevant authorities in the health cum education sectors.
Road construction and rehabilitation was one area that won the Nnamani administration early popular acclaim. Among the rural road network undertaken by the administration were the Opi-Nsukka Road, Awgu-Ndeabor Road, Ozalla-Agbani Road, Agbani-Akpugo-Amagunze Road, Amechi-Obeagu-Amodu-Umueze Road, Oghe-Aguobu-Umumba Road, Aguobu-Ugwuoba Road, Oji-Awgu Road, Nsukka urban roads, University of Nigeria roads, Nsukka-Ibagwa Road, Obolo Afor-Ogrute Road, etc. There were also new road infrastructures like the Nyaba Bridge, and the Ebeano bypass linking NBL Ama Brewery at 9th Mile Corner with the Enugu-Onitsha expressway. In the Enugu metropolis, the Nnamani era witnessed the dualization of Chime Avenue as well as Rangers Avenue, Ebeano Tunnel connecting the busy Ogui Road and Garden Avenue, a new route linking Nza Street in Independence Layout with the Upper Chime Avenue in New Haven, amongst the streets rehabilitated in Abakpa Nike, Trans Ekulu, Achara Lawyout I and II, Uwani, Coal Camp and so on.
The administration pursued a policy of lighting up the rural communities with the provision of electricity. Over 130 rural communities benefitted from this intervention.
The administration improved public water supply in the state. Some of the interventions in the sector included the Ozalla Ezimo Water Scheme in Udenu LGA, expansion of Enugu Urban water supply, expansion of the Ajali River water works, reactivation of the Ede-Obala booster station for water supply to Nsukka town, Agbani/Amodu water reservoir, revival of Awhum water scheme, and the construction of hundreds of motorized boreholes in the rural communities across the state.
Reforms in Locality Administration
The administration consciously pursued a policy of enhanced mass participation in the political process and bringing governance closer to the people in the grassroots. Governor Nnamani carried out far-reaching reforms in locality administration which have continued to define the structure of grassroots politics and governance in Enugu State. Following a democratic process, his administration created 56 development centres out of the 17 local government areas of the state, complete with the simultaneous construction of 39 headquarters for the new development centres, while the existing 17 council secretariats served as headquarters for the remaining 17 development centres. Over 200 new autonomous communities were also created (each with its own Town Union and Traditional Ruler), the first time since the creation of Enugu State, thus bringing the total number of autonomous communities in Enugu State to 367 as at May 2007. These reforms went hand in hand with the Community County Council (CCC) initiative, later refocused as the Community Development County Councils (CDCC), a rural development partnership between the rural communities and the State Government. The administration established the Ministry of Poverty Reduction and Human Development which has evolved into a grassroots poverty management scheme in the state. There was also the Local Empowerment and Environmental Management Projects (LEEMP), another bilateral rural development partnership with the World Bank/UK Government that focused on the construction and grading of rural feeder roads and other poverty eradication projects in the rural communities.
His academic honours include – Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), University of Nigeria; Distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Law School, D.Sc (Honoris Causa), Babcock University, Illisan Remo, Ogun State, Adjunct Professor (Political Science), Babcock University, Illisan Remo, Ogun State, Honorary Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ijanikan, Lagos, and Distinguished Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons.
Governor Nnamani was well known for his intellectual engagements on the travails and prospects of an emerging democracy like Nigeria. His contributions to national discourse took him to the podium in different fora across the country as follows:
Agenda for National Reformation; public lecture at the Forum of Southern Governors’ Conference, Conference Hall of the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu; 10 January 2001.
Ndigbo: Let Us Be Frank with Ourselves; Igbo Summit, at the Federation Hall of Presidential Hotel, Enugu, 19 January 2001.
Ndigbo, Taa Bu Gboo, Echi di lme (Let the Future Begin Now); Odenigbo Forum, Eko L’meridien Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, 24 April 2001.
The Press and Our Democracy: The Path Not Trodden; Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) lecture series, Main Auditorium of the National Universities Commission Headquarters, Abuja; 15 May 2001.
Transition Politics and Nigeria’s Search for Sustainable Democracy; First edition of Post Express Anniversary Lecture series, MUSON Center, Onikan Lagos; 2 July 2001.
Ndigbo and the Challenges of Nation Building; Annual Lecture series of the Enugu Sports Club, Main Hall, Sports Club, Enugu, Enugu; 24 September 2001.
Ndigbo, Can Your Generation Sustain Our Igboness?; Annual lecture series of South East Development Initiative (SEDI), at the Sam Mbakwe Hall, Concorde Hotel, Owerri, 14 December 2001.
Democracy 2003: It Must Be the Voters’ World; Babcock University, Main Auditorium, Ilisan Remo, 18 March 2002.
Refocusing Igbo Youth Energy; Igbo Students’ Renaissance Day lecture series of the Confederation of Igbo Students (CIS), Federation Hall, Hotel Presidential, Enugu, 11 April 2002.
National Question in Nigeria and the Democratic Experience; Annual lecture of Department of Political Science, University of Lagos, at the Main Auditorium, University of Lagos, 23 April 2002.
The Wave of Arbitrary Culture in our Nascent Democracy, Lecture series of the Abuja Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), International Conference Centre, Abuja, 20 May 2002.
Rediscover Nigeria … Democracy as a Vehicle for Investment Growth and Development; Rediscover Nigeria Project Initiative, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, 28 May 2002.
By the Hill and Valleys of Udi and Nsukka: The people, Their Heritage … Their Future; Wawa Revival Lecture of the Enugu State Development Association (ESDA), Federation Hall, Hotel Presidential, Enugu; 28 November 2002.
Reflections on Architecture as Social Mirror ..the Enugu Perspective; Annual lecture of the Nigeria Institute of Architecture (NIA), Enugu State Chapter, Federation Hall, Hotel Presidential, Enugu; 29 November 2002.
Scare Mongers and the Challenges in a Defective Political Society; Pro-convocation lecture of the Babcock University, New University Guest House, Ilisan Remo, 13 March 2003.
The Godfather Phenomenon in Democratic Nigeria … Silicon or Real; Lecture series of Udi Hills, Nigeria, held in conjunction with The Source Magazine, Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, 20 May 2003.
Confronting the Local Government Question, … Can this Nation be Anchored on Variety?; Lecture series of the Basic Society Initiative (BSI), Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, 5 August 2003.
Gap Crisis in Transition Democracy and the Challenges of Proper Expectation Framework; Lecture of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi State Council; Glass House, Government House, Lokoja, 2 September 2003.
National Conference in Nigeria: by Who, For Who, . . .Power Oligarchies or Citizens?; Lecture of the Movement for Democracy and Social Justice (MDSJ), Sokoto, Main Auditorium of the Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, 25 September 2003.
June 12: the North and the rest of us; Second edition of the Bola Ige Memorial Lecture, Main Hall, Premier Hotel, Ibadan, 30 September 2003.
Poverty in Nigeria …Eroding the dignity of man; Annual Dignity of Man lecture of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA), Princess Alexandria Hall, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 6 October 2003
Chieftaincy and Security: an overview of non-centralized East/West Niger Igbo; Dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Emir of Kano, HRM Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero, at Murtala Muhammed Library Complex, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kano City, 13 October 2003.
The Press and the Nigerian Project; public lecture of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Diamond Hall, Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos, 23 October 2003.
Poverty and the challenge of New Hope Evangelism; Synod lecture at the Third Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Egbu, at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Umuneke, Ngor Okpuala Local Government Area, Imo State, 3 November 2003.
The Press, the faith and the State; Lecture at the annual press week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State Council, Main Hall, Hill Station Hotel, Jos, 18 November 2003.
Globalising in Poverty, 2003 lecture series of the Political Science Department, University of Ilorin, at the Main Auditorium, University of Ilorin (mini campus), Ilorin, 19 November 2003 (???)
The foetus as a Patient: the Meeting Point Between the Pediatrician and the Obstetric Surgeon; Guest Lecturer at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Association of Pediatric Surgeons of Nigeria (APSON), at the Conference Hall, Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, 27 November 2003
The Bar and the Bench: Public Expectations in a Nascent Democracy; Annual bar lecture of the Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), at Ogun/Osun Hall of the NICON Hilton Hotel, Abuja, 10 December 2003
Poverty … the Challenge of Medical Ethics; Annual Guest Lecture of the Institute of Child Health (ICH), University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, at the Conference Hall of Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, 17 March 2005.
Artisans as Leaders … Zoning to Power; Public lecture of the Arewa House, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation, Old Ministers’ Quarters, Malali, Kaduna, Nigeria, 20 July 2005.
Poverty in Surplus … water, water, everywhere; little ever to drink; 2005 Edition of Justice Chike Idigbe Memorial Lecture, Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 29 July 2005.
Poverty in Nigeria … we are all in it together; Annual Lecture, Investiture and Dinner of the International Association of Lions Club, District 404 B, Nigeria, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Nigeria, 30 July 2005.
Nigeria Central: Middle Belt, Glue of the Nation; 2005 public lecture series of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State Council; Hill Station Hotel, Jos, Nigeria, 16 August 2005.
Agenda for Better and Stronger Nigeria, Welcome Speech at the Conference of Governors, Legislators and Leaders of Thought of Southern States of Nigeria, held at the Eastern Nigeria Parliament Building, Enugu; 19 December 2005.
Regionalism and Challenge of National Integration, First Annual Lecture of The Westerner Newspapers Ltd., Premier Hotel, Ibadan; 31 August 2006.
Sullivan Iheanacho Chime (born 10 April 1959) was elected governor of Enugu State in Nigeria in April 2007, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was reelected on 26 April 2011. Chime has five children: Ada Chime, Nnamdi Chime, Tochukwu Chime, Ezinne Chime, Ugomsi Chime. He married his second wife Clara Chime in 2008.
Sullivan Iheanacho Chime was born on 10 April 1959 at Park Lane Hospital, GRA, Enugu, Enugu State. He attended the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC) in Enugu for his secondary education (1971 – 1976). He studied Law at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, graduating in 1980. He then enrolled at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and graduated on 10 July 1981, when he was called to the bar.
For the next seventeen years he ran a private legal practice in Enugu. He was Secretary of Nigeria Bar Association, Enugu branch (1992 – 1994). Later, he was appointed Special Adviser (Legal Matters) to the Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani. In 2001, he was appointed Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of Enugu State.
Governor of Enugu State
In April 2007, Sullivan Chime successfully vied for the post of governor of Enugu State on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He was sworn into office on 29 May 2007, succeeding Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani. He was reelected on 26 April 2011. Chime favoured a 4-point agenda for development: Physical Infrastructure, Economic Expansion and Employment, Rural Development and Service Delivery. In spite of his achievements, Chime was known to shun public functions, rather preferring to send a delegate than appear in person, even more so he shunned public fora that were inclined to celebrate his achievements. His political reticence earned him the title ‘Silent Achiever’
- Physical Infrastructure: Chime started very well as governor, reconstructing roads in Enugu urban areas, and key roads in the rural areas. The roads were of good quality and durable, complete with street lights, drainage and pedestrian sidewalks. Chime also advocated compliance with traffic laws, introduced traffic lights, solved traffic issues by dualizing roads, or creating new routes altogether. Under his administration, pipe-borne water supply as well as electricity improved. But a few of Chime’s actions have not been without controversy such as the recent demolition of the State Secretariat built during the colonial era. Some believe the demolition was needless, and more so the funds required to build the new Secretariat could have been invested in other key areas. Others point out that a new State Secretariat is appropriate given the State’s growing workforce.
- Security: Chime also invested in statewide security. In the second quarter of 2013, he donated 100 units each of Kia Rio and Hilux vans equipped with communication gadgets to the Enugu State Police Command for urban and rural policing respectively (despite this being a Federal Government concern). Enugu State was, under his administration, declared to have the least crime rate, and one of the safest places in Nigeria.
- Health: Chime introduced free maternal and child healthcare in State-owned hospitals in response to the high maternal mortality ratio of 286 per 100,000 women and the Under-5 mortality of 103 per 1000 children in the South East. Chime was out of the state for an extended period of time. Following reports that he was dead in an Indian hospital on 15 December 2012, an Enugu State government official debunked the reports the next day, claiming Chime was healthy and that any such rumours were from the pits of hell. It is the fervent hope of the natives of Enugu State that Chime would undertake massive reforms in the health sector such as building world-class medical facilities so as to make foreign medical trips unnecessary.
- Education: Education has yet to get due attention under Chime, despite Chime crusading for a return of schools to the missions. Some schools have recorded successes in this regard such as College of the Immaculate Conception, Chime’s own Alma Mater and several other schools in Enugu Urban. But in several other communities, pupils still lack basic infrastructure and teachers. Even the State-owned Institute of Management and Technology plays host to dingy buildings, aging due to bad maintenance.
Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (popularly known as “Gburugburu“) (born 20 March 1964) is a Nigerian politician who was elected as the Executive Governor of Enugu State in April 2015, and was sworn in on 29 May 2015. He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for 12 years. He is a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) member and represented Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constinuency of Enugu State.Ugwuanyi was elected the Governor of Enugu State under the PDP. He was sworn in as the governor of Enugu State for a second on May 29, 2019.
Early Life and Education
Ugwuanyi was born in March 1964 and is from Orba Town in Udenu Local Government Area of Nsukka Zone in Enugu State. He attended St. Theresa’s College, Nsukka. He holds bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Ugwuanyi was the General Manager of Premier Insurance Brokers Limited Enugu and has also been the president of the Rotary Club of Emene in Enugu State.
Ugwuanyi was first elected to the House of Representatives of Nigeria in 2003 and he was the Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport. Ugwuanyi was a two term Chairman of house committee on Marine Transport. Ugwuanyi also held the position of Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Pensions where he helped enact the Pension Reform Act 2004.
Following his party’s primary election of 8 December 2014 in Enugu, Ugwuanyi won PDP’s gubernatorial ticket, which made him the State’s PDP Governorship Candidate for the 2015 General Elections. However, another PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Senator Ayogu Eze, was displeased with the conduct of the primaries. Eze went to court to challenge the legitimacy of Ugwuanyi’s emergence as the PDP’s flag-bearer for Enugu State Governorship Elections. Eze’s petition was dismissed by Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu, an Abuja Federal High Court Judge, who ruled that Ugwuanyi’s election in the gubernatorial primary was legitimate and legally binding.
Ugwuanyi who was sworn in on May 29, 2015 as Governor has initiated some approaches to develop and transform Enugu State. One of those initiatives was his recent oversea trip to Ireland for an investment summit organised by Metro Eireann Dublin. He was also the recipient of Metro Eireann International Outstanding Leadership Award 2016 for his exemplary performances as a legislator, especially as the Chairman of Marine Transport, during his time in the House of Parliament of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On March 9, 2019, Uguwuanyi was re-elected as Governor of Enugu State in the 2019 Nigerian gubernatorial election. He polled 449,935 votes which was higher than his opponent, Senator Ayogu Eze who scored 10,423 votes.
Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi received his counterpart, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akiunwumi Ambode on Thursday at the government house in Enugu state. Governor Ambode applauded Mr. Ifeanyi for the good work he is doing in the State. Governor Ambode was accompanied by members of the State Executive Council and was also warmly welcomed by the Governor Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Deputy Governor Hon. Cecelia Ezeilo, members of Enugu State Executive Council, Former Governor of Kano state; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso,Senate Minority Leader; Senator Godswill Akpabio and many other dignitaries.