Ebonyi State government has laid a foundation stone for the construction of a new Government House in Abakaliki.
Speaking at the Project site located at the Centenary City Abakaliki, Governor David Umahi pointed out that the aim was to leave a legacy that would stand the taste of time in the development of the state.
The Project Site of the new Government House is about a kilometre from the present Government House and situates adjacent to the new State Secretariat located within the Centenary City and the Nkwoagu Military Cantonment.
It is designed to have a Presidential Lodge, an Ecumenical Centre and a swimming pool that will serve as a Tourist Centre for fun seekers in the state.
Chief Umahi said though the state government was facing the challenges of the economic recession, it embarked on the project to bequeath the state of a befitting Government House.
Chief Umahi who also laid foundation for the construction of a big shopping mall at the Centenary City by Afikpo Road explained that the State government would continue to give Abakaliki a facelift by completing all the internal roads under construction as well as installing eight additional kilometres of streetlight.
Retired Navy Commodore Faghabor had while laying the foundation stone for the new Government House emphasized that having being created twenty years ago, it was time for the development of the infrastructural needs of Ebonyi State.
The State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr Sunday Inyima noted that the Project was well designed to take care of emerging social needs and would be constructed in line with specifications.
Correspondent Amechi Odo reports that the stone laying was performed by the first Military Administrator of the State, Retired Navy Commodore Walter Faghabor and that the event was witnessed by Security Chiefs in the state and top government functionaries including the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Francis Nwifuru.