Enugu State Government has approved ten million naira for community development initiative across the four hundred and fifty autonomous communities in the area. The Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele made this known while briefing journalists on the outcome of the executive council meeting held at government house, Enugu.
Dr. Udeuhele explained that the ten million naira was a rolling plan commencing with five million naira this year to enhance rural development and encourage community participation in infrastructure development. Dr. Udeuhele further revealed that the council approved over sixty-seven million naira for the construction and installation of underground vandal proof battery cabinet, replacement of seventeen vandalised traffic light stations and maintenance of the machines across the state.
Equally approved, according to the commissioner, was the payment of two hundred million naira in addition to the one hundred million naira for the Enugu Electric Distribution Company, EEDC, as part payment of the settlement of the state government indebtedness to the company. He said that a joint committee of the government and the EEDC on reconciliation of the said indebtedness would submit its reports on or before fourth of May for further engagement.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Charles Ndukwe who commented on the alleged sack of Rangers Coach, said that the story was inconclusive, as his office was yet to get to the root of the matter. The Sports Commissioner urged the people to keep calm noting that the state government would do the needful.
In the mean time, the Management of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company has alleged that they are being owed two point six billion naira by the Enugu State Government. This they said necessitated the Company disconnecting Enugu State Government House and its environs from the electricity grid.
The Leadership of the Company made this known while reacting to the state of emergency declared on its activities by the Enugu State House of Assembly. The EEDC Head of Operations, Mr. Vincent Ekwenkwu condemned the unwholesome activities of persons who by-pass their meters and other militating factors that affected the smooth operations of the Company.
The Leadership of the Company explained that the allegations that the Company configured their meters to maximize profits were unfounded, stating that they were committed to the service of their customers value for money.
CHUKWUMA EZEOGU & OBINNA OGBUKA