It is often said that whereas genius is in the idea, impact comes from action and what one does has greater impact than what one says. This epitomizes the Enugu State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hon. David Okelue Ugwunta, Ph.D. as he is awarded the Best Performing Commissioner of the Year by the Enugu Professionals Forum.

Speaking at the Enugu Heroes Award organised by Enugu Professional Forum at Ingrace Event Center on 4th March, 2022; the convener Hon. Mark Onuoha, said that the Forum deemed it expedient to honour distinguished officials in the State who have positively impacted lives and contributed to the growth and development of the State in various capacities.

During the Panel session preceding the Award Presentation, the Moderator Comrade Chidi Ilogebe SSA to the Governor remarked that Hon. Dr. Ugwunta has excellently carried on the vision of Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in the area of achieving a people-oriented, realistic, transparent and implementable budget using his extraordinary wealth of expertise.

He further noted that Dr. Ugwunta upon assumption of office as the Commissioner for budget and planning has not only given Enugu State Budget Process visibility and accentuated the feedback mechanism but has also broadened Citizens’ engagement in the process.


Reacting to the award presented to him by the former Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, the Honourable Commissioner, Dr. Ugwunta appreciated the Forum for recognising the efforts made by the awardees in various capacities; adding that though the award is encouraging yet at the same time challenges him to do much more. In his word, “this award is dedicated to the good people of Enugu state; to the Governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for giving me the opportunity/platform to serve and also to my late father, Chief David Okeluemeka Sunday Ugwunta for his lifetime investment and impact on me”.

Other Awardees include Members of Enugu State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Chinedu Nwamba, Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze and Hon. Dr. Ibenako Onoh; others include SPA to the Governor on SME, Arinze Chillo Offiah, Amb. Chukwuma Ephraim Okenwa among others.

By: Chukwuka, Ifunanya Judith

Reporting for Enugu State Ministry of Budget and Planning

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