Enugu - Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State says his administration has not borrowed money to finance infrastructure development in.
Chime made the explanation at the closing of the 26th Enugu International Trade Fair in Enugu on Monday. According to the governor, the State Government has only put its lean resources to good use.
Represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr Jude Akubuilo, the governor said the views held in some quarters that his administration was borrowing were wrong.
"We usually do not like to trump up or dwell on our achievements. We are, however, delighted that our modest efforts have continued to receive accolades.
"We did not set out to seek popularity or the vain-glory of political self-service, but merely applied ourselves to redressing the dislocations in the economic and socio-political lives of our people," he said.
Chime said that although the state government had done well to address the infrastructure deficit in the state, "there is still so much to be done.
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"We have continued to be challenged by the paucity of funds, with our state being among the least recipient of federal allocation."
He said that one of the greatest challenges in the state was that of entrenching the culture of good governance.
The governor held that in spite of the progress so far made, there were people who preferred that things were still done the old way.
"We are, however, initiating institutional and structural changes to ensure that such retrogressive ideas will never take root again in Enugu long after we may have served our time and gone," Chime said.
President, Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Ifeanyi Okoye, expressed satisfaction with the level of development in the state.
Okoye said that businesses in the city had been boosted by the infrastructure and urban renewal projects of the state.