Enugu: Mbah’s 100 days is a testimony of a pragmatic leadership – Prof Jehu Nnaji

Professor of International Law and Global Politics, Chief Jehu Onyekwere Nnaji has described the 100 days of Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State as very significant, saying it is a testimony of a pragmatic leadership.

Nnaji who spoke to journalists in Enugu on Monday, said that it is instructive to note that the governor had used his first 100 days to prepare the enduring foundation of all the promises he made to the people.

According to him, “His Excellency, Dr Peter Mbah is running a purpose-driven leadership that is woven round the interests and overall well-being of our people.

“Recall, Governor Peter Mbah in his inaugural speech, spoke glowingly of his commitment to growing the economy of Enugu State, to set our state on the path to achieve a GDP of $30 billion in the next 8 years, while eradicating poverty.

“So far, as everyone can see, the social contract with Ndi Enugu has remained his overriding focus. They have hit the ground running, and achieved a number of exciting landmarks in the last 100 days”, Nnaji added.

The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Aspirant in the last governorship election, also commended Governor Mbah for making tremendous progress in stemming the tide of security challenge in the state, stressing that economic development cannot thrive in an environment where there is insecurity of lives and property.
His words:
“The Mbah government within the 100 days under review had faced the issue of insecurity in the state squarely. His government tackled insecurity relentlessly which hitherto has plagued Enugu State to the delight of the citizens in the state and beyond.

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“They also backed up this thrust by boosting security presence in Enugu State, working with the Nigerian Police, the Army and all other security forces. They have launched the Distress Response Squad (DRS) in the state, and have already procured a number of vehicles to enhance its effectiveness and mobility.

“What further triggers me is In the area of energy supply and management as his government has successfully signed into law the Enugu State Power Law, which domesticates the Electricity Act 2023 and now gives the state regulatory power to establish an Enugu State Electricity Market, and to attract investors to expand power generation and distribution across the state.

“In addition, the government has developed the Enugu State Electricity Policy which contains the Enugu State Electricity market design and participants. It goes without saying that these achievements are a critical step in the effort to industrialize our state.

“In the area of pension and gratuity payments, we have been able to reconfirm all pending pension and gratuity payments, and payments of arrears have since been started. In addition, we have commenced the clean-up and overhaul of all outstanding pensions and gratuities to local government workers and primary school teachers.

Professor Nnaji also used the opportunity to commend Governor Mbah for reviewing the Enugu State Pension Law with a view to adopting the contributory pension scheme in Enugu State so as to ensure that workers move away from the challenges encountered with the current problematic defined benefits schemes in operation in the state.

“I am also impressed with the government performance on waste management, pointing out they are aggressively addressing the issue of waste disposal and management in the state, with a revitalization of the Waste Management Agency, (ESWAMA)

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“Mbah’s government has made extensive progress in meeting its promise to provide water to Ndi Enugu, stressing that currently, they have commenced the production of over 25 million litres of water daily at the 9th Mile Corner, Enugu.

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