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Minister of Works, Mr. David Umahi, expressed gratitude to Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State for putting an end to the enforcement of the sit-at-home order in the state.
The ex-governor of Ebonyi State, who also chairs the South-East Governors’ Forum, addressed the situation during his visit to the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway collapsed bridge, as reported by his media officer on Monday.
Umahi deemed the cessation of the sit-at-home order in Enugu as a momentous achievement, marking a substantial step forward for the region.
‘Let me thank you for being able to courageously stop sitting at home in Enugu State. It is a major thing you have done for the Igbo. It is a major thing you have done for the country,’ he said.
He also took the opportunity to commend Mbah for his triumph at the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, all the while counseling the state’s opposition to desist from wasting their time by contesting Mbah’s mandate, which he characterized as a divine and popular expression of the people’s will.
Umahi, a member of the All Progressives Congress, underlined that the key focus should not be on party politics, but on the exceptional qualities of the person Enugu residents had opted for as their leader.
In the minister’s view, Mbah’s decision to embark on the reconstruction and dualization of the Enugu-Abakaliki federal road, stretching it to the Ebonyi boundary, showcased yet another instance of leadership rooted in the people’s interests, a characteristic often associated with private sector individuals in governance.
He added, ‘I am happy that you came from the private sector. There is a very serious high hope by the steps you have rolled out. They are in tandem with Mr. President’s steps and I pledge to support him very seriously and I also pledge to support you. There must be a change. We must reset the country.’
‘I want to publicly say while congratulating you on the tribunal victory, that whoever is taking you to the court must stop wasting their time, as you are the people’s choice and for good reasons.’
‘So, we will continue to support and pray for you, and I urge whoever is distracting you that they should understand the step of God and know that you are divine and we are very proud of you.’
‘When a man wants to engage in public affairs, you should find out about his background. You are a very successful private person and you are going to bring it to bear in this governance of Enugu State. And this Enugu is the pride of the entire South-East and of course, the East Central State.’