Dr. Peter Mbah, the governor of Enugu State, has forecast a prosperous 2024 for Nigeria and urged its people to hold onto hope since the benefits of some 2023 economic reforms will start to show in the coming year.
In light of the numerous initiatives, regulations, and laws that his administration implemented in the recently concluded year, including the state’s 2024 Appropriations Law, Mbah also gave the people of Enugu State assurances of disruptive economic growth in the upcoming year.
The governor stated this in his New Year message to Nigerians and the people of Enugu State on Sunday.
According to ThisDayLive, read below all that Governor Peter Mbah said.
He said: “It is not in doubt that 2023 was a very difficult year for Nigerians, especially given the temporary hardships occasioned by some hard, but inevitable, policies of the Federal Government, such as the removal of fuel subsidies and the unification of exchange rates. But I am very confident that the effects of inflation, unemployment, and the general high cost of living will abate in the coming year.
“The onus is, however, on us, as leaders, at every stratum of government, to intensify efforts and initiatives to not only mitigate the immediate hardships but also take advantage of the economic policies to put the nation on the path of prosperity.”
Recalling some landmark groundwork done by his administration since its inauguration on May 29, 2023, Mbah said he had no doubt whatsoever that Enugu was on the cusp of economic prosperity.
“In the past seven months, we have endeavoured to lay the foundations for a new and prosperous Enugu State that would be a premier destination for business, investment, tourism, and living. We equally undertook monumental tasks that broke decades-old jinxes in some sectors.
“As promised during the campaigns, we were able to deliver potable water to Enugu metropolis in 180 days. We were able to raise water production from an occasional 2 million litres to 120 million litres per day, even as we continue to address teething challenges like leakages and sabotage while also expanding reticulation.
“We took advantage of the Electricity Act, 2023, signed by President Bola Tinubu in June, by immediately initiating the Enugu State Electricity Law, which I signed in September to pave the way for an Enugu electricity market to support our investment and the industrialization drive.
“We are cashing in on the FG’s economic policies in our quest for foreign direct investment, FDI, holding the maiden Enugu State Investment and Economic Growth Plan Stakeholders Roundtable, organising or participating in various local and international investment forums to rally investments to our state, and the results are massive.
“We have equally fought insecurity, criminality, and agent provocateurs to standstill; hence, today, Enugu is safe and ready for business.
“We are currently constructing or reconstructing 71 urban roads in Enugu metropolis and ten other major roads across the state, including the 40km Owo-Ubahu-Amankanu-Neke-Ikem dual-carriage way, while the construction of the 10,000-hectare New Enugu City has begun.
“We have already begun the construction of 260 smart schools across the electoral wards to provide modern basic education to Enugu children from creche to junior secondary in addition to world-class 260 Type-2 primary healthcare centres for all the wards across the state.
“In pursuit of ease of doing business, we are automating service delivery across the MDAs, including the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development such that you will be able to process and obtain your Certificate of Occupancy in 72 hours.
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