…Approves immediate renovation of the facility’s recreation section
In line with the vision to make Enugu a major tourist destination complete with standard hotel facilities, the Enugu State government has taken full possession of the Hotel Presidential, Enugu, and consequently “approved the immediate renovation of the recreation section”.
Briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting, the commissioner for culture and tourism, Hon. Rita Mbah, said this followed the recent striking out of the lawsuit against the government by an interested party.
Mbah explained that the renovation exercise will be carried out “in the premier garden, the swimming pool arena, wedding arena and the four tennis courts, among others, stressing that the present administration “is really poised to make sure that the hotel is brought back to a functional state”.
She further disclosed that the council approved the sum of N77m for the upgrade and rehabilitation of water supply at the Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu, pointing out that the decision was in addition to other interventions earlier made by the government to improve the standard of the three star hotel, such as “the procurement and installation of 500KVA and 650KVA generators”.
Also, the commissioner for works and infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, noted that a direction has been given for his ministry to “immediately” initiate and commence the evaluation of outstanding builder’s works and other contractual requirements for the completion of the Enugu International Conference Centre.
Nnaji disclosed that the Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration is committed to creating a mechanism to complete the edifice in view of its inherent socio-economic benefits to the people of the state, adding that the envisaged completion is consistent with the government’s determination to protect legacy projects of past administrations.
On road infrastructure, the works commissioner stated that the council awarded contract for the construction of Enugu Eke-Ogui-Oma Eke road near Amah Brewery in Udi Local Government Area to Willangy Nig. Ltd at the cost of N202m.
He added that the council approved the designing and scoping of selected rural roads and 25 river crossings (bridges and culverts) across the state under the phase two of Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP II).
Equally approved, according to Nnaji, was the sum of N250m for the immediate repairs of identified emerging potholes on urban and intercity roads in the state, such as the Ugwuogo-Opi-Nsukka road and Ugwuogo-Ikem road, covering close to 40,000 square meters which translates to 4.5 kilometers.
He further explained that “what we have done is to commence the first phase to ensure that these projects are rehabilitated simultaneously now the rains are reducing”, revealing that the state government agency in charge of road maintenance, NCFC, will work with the ministry of works and infrastructure to deliver on the project.
The works commissioner also stated that the council after the evaluation of the status report on the ongoing rehabilitation works at the Governor’s Lodge in Nsukka, approved a variation cost of N45 million for enhancement of works, and the sum of N62.2 million for further upgrade of the facilities to include external works and
beautification, such as landscaping, multi-culture, procurement of generator, water boreholes, among others.
The commissioner for information, Hon. Ogbuagu Anikwe, who was also at the briefing, further revealed that the state government has saved the sum of N1.82 billion from expenditure through strict observance of due process and commitment to fiscal discipline. This sum, he said, has now been deployed to solving other development needs of the people of the state.
Anikwe said that the council approved in principle, the establishing of three model driving schools in the three senatorial zones of the state for proper training of drivers. He added that the EXCO’s decision was sequel to a memo to the governor by the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), which revealed that the majority of crashes in the state were traceable to poor driving habits.