Governor Ifeannyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

Enugu Gov Moves To Complete Enugu Int’l Conference Centre

…As govt. takes possession of Hotel Presidential

…Approves immediate renovation of the Hotel’s recreation section

The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, in keeping

with its vision to protect legacy projects of past administrations,

has directed the state’s Ministry of Works and Infrastructure 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.


Briefing newsmen after the meeting of the State Executive Council, the

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, who

described the centre as “a legacy project”, disclosed that Gov.

Ugwuanyi’s administration is desirous to put in place mechanism to

complete the edifice in view of its inherent socio-economic benefits

to the people of the state.


Also at the briefing, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon.

Rita Mbah, informed newsmen that the state government has taken full

possession of the Hotel Presidential, Enugu, and consequently

“approved the immediate renovation of the recreation section” of the

hotel, following the recent striking out of the court case against the

government by an interested party.


Hon. 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”.


The Culture and Tourism Commissioner also disclosed that the council

approved the sum of N77 million for the upgrade and rehabilitation of

water supply in 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”.


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 N202 million.


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



Equally approved, according to Engr. Nnaji, was the sum of N250

million 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 through the

observation of due process, in line with its commitment to fiscal

discipline, accountability and transparency, has saved the sum of

N1.82 billion from expenditures, which he said were now being used for

the provision of other development needs of the people of the state.


Hon. Anikwe said that the council approved in principle to establish

three model driving schools in the three senatorial zones of the state

for proper training of vehicle drivers. He added that the EXCO’s

decision was sequel to a memo to the governor by the state Commander

of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), which revealed that the

majority of crashes in the state were traceable to poor driving