State liaison Offices are just like embassies, they represent the interest of the state. They make it easy for citizens or indigenes of that state to process some documentation or resolve certain issues. Liaison Office means a place to act as a channel of communication between the principal place (State of Origin) and the citizen.– Definition
The name of the state derives from its capital city, Enugu. The word “Enugu” (from Enu Ugwu) means “the top of the hill”. The first European settlers arrived in the area in 1909, led by a British mining engineer named Albert Kitson. In his quest for silver, he discovered coal in the Udi Ridge. The Colonial Governor of Nigeria Frederick Lugard took a keen interest in the discovery, and by 1914 the first shipment of coal was made to Britain.
Enugu State is in the South East geo-political Zone of Nigeria. It is located at 6o30′ North of Equator, and 7o30′ East of Latitude. It is plus one hour (+1hr) GMT on the World Time Zone. It shares border with the following states: Abia and Imo to the south; Ebonyi to the east, Benue to the north-east, Kogi to the north-west and Anambra State to the west. It covers an area of 7,161 km2 (2,765sq mi), and ranks 29th out of the 36 States of Nigeria in terms of land area. Enugu State has a good climatic condition all the year round. The hottest month is February with about 87.16 oF (30.64 oC), while the lowest temperature is recorded in November/December, reaching about 60.54 oF (15.86 oC). Lowest rainfall of about 0.16 cubic centimeters (0.0098 cu in) is recorded in February, while the highest rainfall is recorded in July at about 35.7 cubic centimeters (2.18 cu in).
Enugu State, also called the Coal-City State or Wawa State, was created vide a military decree on the 27th of August, 1991. The creation of the State by the then military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, was as a result of years of agitation, as well as complaints of injustice and marginalization by the Wawa leaders and people. However, the transformation of Enugu State and Wawa people did not stop here, as Ebonyi State was later carved out of the State in 1996. Historically, Enugu State derives its name from Enugu, the capital city, whose prominence arose as a result of being the first place coal was mined in commercial quantity in Nigeria (1909). It later became the administrative headquarters of Southern and Eastern Provinces (1929), Eastern Region (1954-1967), defunct State of Biafra during the Nigeria civil war (1967-1970), East Central State (1970-1976) and old Anambra State (1976-1991). The State is a public sector driven economy. Thus, the State Government remains the highest single employer of labour, a situation the present administration under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi hopes to change soon.
The State has continued to make giant strides that have attracted several international recognitions and awards. One such award was the Most Outstanding Community Policing Command in West Africa for 2014, by the United Arab Emirate (UAE), due to its well organized Neighborhood Watch Programme and effective linkage to the security agencies for effective community policing.
RT. HON. IFEANYI UGWUANYI
GOVERNOR, ENUGU STATE