REPORTER: UCHE NDEKE
The Anambra State Government has expressed hope that it will relocate to a permeant and more befitting Government House and Governor’s Lodge by 2024.
The State Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Pauly Onyeka, made this known when he appeared before the Anambra State House of Assembly joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation for bilateral defence of 2024 budget estimate at the legislative complex in Awka.
Since its creation over thrity years ago, Anambra State is yet to have a permanent Government House as it had continued to operate in makeshift structures and a Governor’s Lodge that is outside the Government House.
Mr. Onyeka told the House Committee that the Governor Soludo led administration upon assumption of office decided to build a befiting Government House as well as lodge which would standout in the country.
Mr. Onyeka said the present government had been able to do a lot for the people in the present year and would do more in 2024, including the construction of an Old People’s Home to carter for the aged persons who, most times, do not have someone to take care of their needs.
He noted that while structures were already springing up at the Government House site, the 2024 fiscal year would also see more projects, including provisions for upgrade of Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, the International Conference Centre, the Deputy Governor’s Lodge and construction of duplexes and high rising buildings at the Commissioners Quarters in Awka.
The Commissioner added the government had also engaged in renovation of public buildings.
The Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Ejike Okechukwu and other law makers, including Mr. Noble Igwe, representing Ogbaru constituency One; Mr. Golden Iloh, representing Ihiala Constituency II; and Mr. Nonso Atuchukwu representing Nnewi South Constituency One, took turns to ask questions and get clerifications on few areas before the Commissioner took a bow.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU