Deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu has criticized the regime of the former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime.
Ekweremadu, a Peoples Democratic party (PDP) chieftain, berated the ex-governor who was also elected on the platform of the PDP, for the neglect of Aninri Local Government, during what he termed the “darkest” tenure his people have witnessed.
Speaking during the flag-off of nine projects in Aninri by current executive governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Saturday, Ekweremadu narrated:
“Eight years ago all development projects in this area were done by the federal and local governments, but we now have a governor that is ready to work for our people.
“Between 2007 and 2015, no indigene of Aninri was employed in the state civil service and from statistics, we have the least number of civil servants in the state.
“This neglect of our people for eight years was that bad but God has raised someone who will raise us.
“For instance, at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), we only have four staff members from Aninri while Udi, Awgu and Oji River Local Government Areas have 360, 85 and 60 staff, respectively, in the institution.”
But things have changed under Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s regime, Ekweremadu noted:
“The governor has appointed our son as permanent secretary and another one as director of works in IMT. The state commissioner of works is also from Aninri and more are coming.”