Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (popularly known as "Gburugburu") is a Nigerian politician who was elected as the Executive Governor of Enugu State in April 2015 and was sworn in on 29 May 2015. He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for 12 years.[self-published source] He is a People's Democratic Party (PDP) member and represented Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constinuency of Enugu State. Ugwuanyi was elected governor of Enugu State under the PDP.
Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
|Governor of Enugu State|
|Assumed office |
29 May 2015
|Preceded by||Sullivan Chime|
|Born||20 March 1964|
Orba Town, Eastern Region, Nigeria
(now Orba Town, Udenu Local Government Area, Enugu State, Nigeria)
|Political party||People's Democratic Party|
Early life and educationEdit
Ugwuanyi was born in March 1964 and hails from Orba Town in Udenu Local Government Area of Nsukka Zone in Enugu State. He attended St. Theresa's College Nsukka. He holds Bachelor and Master's degrees in Business Administration from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Ugwuanyi has been a member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria since 2003 and he was the Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport. Rt Hon Ugwuanyi remains today in the history of Nigeria as the only law-maker both in the Upper and Lower Houses to attain the feat of serving two consecutive tenures as Chairman of Marine Transport. This shows the level of trust and confident his peers in the parliament hold for Mr Ugwuanyi and the quality of his leadership potentials that helped brought revolutionary changes and transformation to the Marine Transport sector in Nigeria. Before becoming the Chairman of the House Committee on Marine Transport, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has also held the position of Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Pensions where he helped enacted the all important Pension Act 2004.
Following his party's primary election of 8 December 2014 in Enugu, Ugwuanyi won PDP's gubernatorial ticket, which made him the State's PDP governorship candidate for the 2015 general election. However, another PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Senator Ayogu Eze, was not happy with the conduct of the primary. Eze went to court to challenge the legitimacy of Ugwuanyi's emergence as the PDP’s flag-bearer for Enugu State governorship. Eze's petition was finally dismissed by Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu, an Abuja Federal High Court Judge, who ruled that Ugwuanyi’s election in the gubernatorial primary was legitimate and legally binding.
Since assuming office 8 months ago, Governor Ugwuanyi has initiated some good approaches to develop and transform Enugu State. One of those initiatives was his recent oversea trip to Ireland for an investment summit organised by Metro Eireann Dublin. He was also the recipient of Metro Eireann International Outstanding Leadership Award 2016 for his exemplary performances as a legislator, especially as the Chairman of Marine Transport, during his time in the House of Parliament of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Rt.Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi received his counterpart,governor of Lagos state, Mr Akiunwumi Ambode on thursday at the government house in Enugu state. Governor Ambode applauded Mr. Ifeanyi for the good work he is doing in the state. Governor Ambode was accompanied by members of the state executive council, he was also warmly welcomed by the governor Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Deputy Governor Hon. Cecelia Ezeilo, members of Enugu state executive council, Former Governor of Kano state; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso,senate minority leader; Senator Godswill Akpabio and many other dignitaries.
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