Enugu to kick-start abandoned conference centre



AFTER inspecting an abandoned multi-million naira Enugu International Conference Centre, the State Government has assured to improve on the facility and ensure it functions to its fullest capacity.

The State Governor, Ifeanyi, made this pledge last week, in Enugu State. However, the governor, who could not hide his feelings over the state of the centre, expressed displeasure over massive scale of vandalism of the facility.

Ugwuanyi, who visited the project, started under the administration of Chimaroke Nnamani, for the first time last week, expressed worry with the level of dilapidation that had gone on at the place, which he said had achieved over 80 percent completion before the exit of the Nnanami administration, eight years ago.

It could be recalled that, claiming paucity of funds, the immediate past administration of Sullivan Chime did not invest on the centre. The governor, who was conducted round the three conference units of the centre by Mr. Kenneth Onoh assured that his administration would ensure that the objectives for which the centre was started was duly realized.

The centre located behind the famous Michael Okpara Square now wears a new look following renovation work done with bulldozers and other heavy machines had not only cleared the overgrown premises but also safeguarded it against further vandalism.

Ugwuanyi, noted that, the Centre, which is in the heart of the state attracts prospective investors and will make the state a choice investment destination for all.

He ordered that the wall of the centre be painted and the dilapidated fence be remoulded to prevent further vandalism. Earlier, the governor paid an unscheduled visit to Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), to get first hand information on how to give the station a face-lift.

Ugwuanyi, who was led by the Managing Director, ESBS, Mr. Jika Ato, expressed dissatisfaction over the management of the station. He noted that the service signals of the station were not reachable in remote villages especially in Nsukka.

The Governor promised to give financial support to energize the station for efficient and effective service delivery and also for wider coverage of radio and television transmission.

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