Enugu Exco reads riot act to councils, aproves funds for accreditation of medical school
March 8, 2006

The Enugu State Government has directed that the staff of all local government areas must henceforth report to duty punctually and stay in their duty posts to do their work.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, who disclosed this in Enugu, while briefing the press on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, added that top officials of local government should be resident in their localities instead of commuting from Enugu.

Towards this end, Mr. Ogazimorah continued, the state government enjoined local government chairmen that as chief executives, they were responsible for the maintenance of law and order, peace and security in their domains.

He noted that the state government frowned against the inability of the local governments to provide simple services like letters of identification and other sundry services to the residents in need of such services.

The Commissioner further reminded local government executives that the situation whereby public utilities were allowed to deteriorate in their domains would no longer be tolerated by the state government.

He stressed that it was the responsibility of local government chairmen to extend public utilities such as water boreholes and culverts to the deepest recesses of their localities.

In a related development, Mr. Ogazimorah disclosed that the state government noted with regret that some state commissioners show little or no interest in what goes on in their communities and 1ocalities of origin.

The state government therefore enjoined the commissioners to take the lead in explaining the policies, programmes and actions of the government toward the development of the state, instead of sitting in their cosy offices and residences in Enugu, Mr. Ogazimorah continued.

The Commissioner further disclosed that the state government had released the last batch of funds worth over seventeen million naira towards the equipment and subsequent final accreditation of the College of Medicine of ESUT.

He added that funds released earlier have been used for targeted procurement at the College of Medicine and such projects completed and handed over to the government in January, even as the process of relocation to ESUT Permanent Site, which started on February 14 continues.


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