In line with his statement while declaring open the three-day retreat for the newly sworn in Commissioners and Advisers that ‘Governance Mode Is Fully Activated’, the Enugu State Executive Council in its maiden meeting, chaired by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has approved the overlay of major roads in Enugu city, as soon as the rains stop as a lasting measure to take care of the roads.
The said roads were constructed by past administrations, but were currently littered with potholes created during the rainy season.
Explaining further on the above, the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, who briefed newsmen alongside the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, said that the planned overlay of the roads was in addition to the ongoing repairs of identified potholes in Enugu urban and intercity roads adding that this was to ensure that the major roads across Enugu city were sustained.
According to Aroh, also approved the immediate construction of three pedestrian bridges in Enugu urban to be located at Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, by Holy Ghost Cathedral, Garki Awkunanaw and Mayor Bus-stop by Agbani Road.
In the area of security, the council also gave approval for the purchase of eighteen (18) automated drones for air surveillance within and outside the state for effective security management.
The information commissioner further disclosed that the council also ratified the earlier approval given by the last State Executive Council on May 28, 2019, approving the purchase of one hundred (100) Innoson Hilux vans to enhance the capabilities of the security agencies in the state. Aroh also stated that 260 vehicles as well as motorcycles and bicycles are to be handed over to Forest Guards, Neighborhood Watch groups, among others, for community policing.
Aroh, who noted that the security vehicles have been supplied, revealed that communication gadgets and other security facilities are being installed on the vehicles to ensure maximum effectiveness.
He added that the choice of indigenous manufactured vehicles from Innoson Motors demonstrates the state government’s commitment to encourage local industries, create jobs for teeming youths and protect local investments.
According to the commissioner, “we have extracted commitment from Innoson Group to establish a service centre in Enugu, consequent upon this purchase. This service centre is going to provide part of the technical services for the maintenance of these vehicles, in addition to a one-year maintenance guarantee that was given to the state government by Innoson Motors in line with our purchase agreement”.
Aroh said that the state government has now completed the recruitment and training of one thousand, seven hundred (1,700) Forest Guards, representing one hundred personnel from each local government area. He added that their salaries and emoluments including other local security groups were deliberated and approved for them “to move into the field immediately to ensure proper security of lives and property of the people”.
He stated that the council, following the request made by the governor, approved an increase in the allowance payable to members of the Neighborhood Watch groups “to boost their morale.”