Nnamani assents to 2006 appropriation bill, continues tour of projects
February 16, 2006

The Enugu State 2006 Appropriation Bill tagged Budget of Excellence has been signed into law by the State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani.

Speaking shortly after assenting to the bill, Governor Nnamani described it as a major step forward towards the advancement of the goals and mandate given to his administration by the people of Enugu State.

According to Governor Nnamani, the signing of the Appropriation Bill into law “would help us anchor our final leg as custodians of authority and representatives of the people".

The State Chief Executive further said: "Having decided to work for the people and change the environment, through capacity building, infrastructural renewal and poverty reduction, we hereby re-commit ourselves to further development of the rural areas in collaboration with our development partners like LEEMP, CDCC, and DFID, among others.”

The Governor used the occasion to express gratitude to members of State House of Assembly for maintaining an atmosphere of cordiality and a near absence of hostility within the House.

He described the relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government in the state as the best so far in the country and therefore thanked them for their maturity, support and understanding.

Governor Nnamani noted that the state legislators have the greater chunk of the shares of the achievements recorded in the state by his administration and therefore urged them to continue with their cooperation so that jointly all the on-going infrastructural development projects would be completed.

He stated that with the signing of the budget bill into law, attention would now be directed towards the completion of all the on-going projects and provision of infrastructure and other social amenities to parts of the State especially in the rural areas.

Earlier in speech before the Governor signed the bill into law, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Abel Chukwu, said that the thirty-one billion naira budget estimate sent to the House by the State government on 6th December, 2005 was exhaustively debated and thoroughly discussed by the House and the various committees concerned.

According to Hon. Chukwu, after discussions on the bill, .the House observed some omissions there and approved an additional more than one billion naira to take care of those areas which included payment of pensioners and execution of constituency projects.

The Speaker told the Governor that all the members of the House put in their best and worked as a family to ensure the speedy passage of the bill because of its importance to both government and the people of the state.

He assured the Governor of their continued cooperation and support to achieve his administration's noble desires for the people of Enugu State.

The signing into law of the Appropriation Bill was witnessed by the State Deputy Governor, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, some members of the State Executive Council and the legislators.

Meanwhile, the contractors handling a variety of the on-going projects of the Enugu State Government within the Enugu capital city have assured the State Governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, that they would meet the target dates for their completion.

Speaking at Nza Street - New Haven Link Road, the project manager of Marlum Nigeria Limited, Engr. Oliver Okeregwu, told the Governor that the road project, which was flagged off by President Olusegun Obasanjo, during his visit to Enugu State last February, has been completed and is ready for commissioning.

Also while addressing the Governor and his entourage at the Rangers Avenue road dualization site, Mr. Okeregwu noted that the project had reached an advanced stage of completion and would be ready within one week, even as Governor Nnamani pointed out that the project included asphalting of the road, installation of street lights and construction of drainage channels.

At the International Conference Centre in Independence Layout, the Governor was conducted round the multi-faceted edifice by the project architect, Mr. Adibe Njoku, beginning with the 5000 seater main bowl which has a lower and an upper sitting decks. The Governor also inspected the 1000 seater dome theater, which would be copper-fitted to make it adjustable to climatic change.

Moreover, the Governor was shown the 1,300 capacity seater multipurpose theater, which would be equipped with audio-visual gadgets.

At the new Judiciary Headquarters, the State Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezuluike, conducted Governor Nnamani round the complex, describing the edifice as a self-sufficient, 18 fully computerized and automated courtrooms, including the Chief Judge's Chambers, a library and restaurant.

Speaking at the end of the inspection tour, the Governor expressed satisfaction with the pace of work at all of the projects, which he said was in consonance with his commitment to excellence and human capacity building.


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