The Enugu State Executive Council (EXCO) said it has approved  N2,572,686,367 for the immediate construction of new class room blocks and renovation of dilapidated structures in primary and junior secondary schools in the state under the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), totaling 208 in number.

The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, who briefed newsmen after the meeting of the council, explained that part of the approval, aimed at improving the standard of education and creating a conducive learning environment in the state was the procurement of classroom plastic chairs and desks, white boards and sporting equipment.

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Prof Eze added that the council in keeping with the four-point agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration on quality education and workers’ welfare , approved N271 million as bailout fund to Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) to enable the institution offset the remaining seven months monetization arrears owed its workers.

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He further said that prior to the inception of the present administration, ESUT workers were owed 14 months arrears of their monetization, recalling that the state three months ago had approved an equivalent amount for the institution, which was used to pay the first phase of  seven  months arrears accordingly.

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He said “These arrears of monetization owed the staff of ESUT dated back as far as 2006. This is the money owed by previous administrations. But His Excellency in his magnanimity and concern for the welfare of staff of the state has made this fund available to make these workers happy and motivate them to put in more efforts to ensure that educational delivery is improved.”

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The council, he said,  in its determination to ensure a speedy relocation of the Enugu State College of Education Technical from its temporary site in Enugu urban to the permanent site in Ihe, Awgu Local Government Area, also approved N14.6 million for the clearing of the site, erection of perimeter fence and creation of access road in the new site.

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According to him, the speedy relocation of the school to Ihe, Awgu council area of the state, will open up the area to development and economic activities in line with the rural development agenda of the present administration, stressing that “the government is fast fulfilling her promises to the people of the state, and Awgu in particular.”

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Also briefing newsmen, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji announced that the state government in continuation of its “aggressive” infrastructure development initiatives in urban and rural areas, extended the newly flagged off 4-kilometer Nkwo Inyi-Akpugoeze-Anambra State border road, phase one, by 2 kilometers.

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Nnaji told newsmen that the decision for the extension was to cover the length and breadth of Nkwo Inyi and Akpugoeze, adding that the contract was awarded to the same construction company handling the initial contract, Ambeez Services Ltd at the cost of N326.6 million.

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The works commissioner who also briefed newsmen, said  that the council approved the award of contract for the installation of solar-powered smart street lighting system within the surroundings of New Market, Enugu in keeping faith with the state government’s urban renewal agenda and to complement the already installed ones from the Aguabor-New Market dual carriageway into the city of Enugu.

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Engr. Nnaji further explained that the contract, which was awarded to Fordmax Nig. Ltd at the cost of N34, 455,000, will cover NCFC roundabout to Milliken Hill road barrier; New Market roundabout by Civil Defence state headquarters to works road; New Market roundabout to Ekulu Primary School and New Market roundabout to NCFC roundabout.

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He noted that the project when completed will light up the entire areas at night, enhance security and beautify the city of Enugu as the historical capital of the South East geo-political zone. 

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