Enugu government moves to check defacing of environment, wants quicker relocation of ESUT
March 31, 2006

The Enugu State Executive Council has expressed displeasure over the indiscriminate erection of make-shift shops within the Enugu metropolis.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, disclosed this while briefing the press after a meeting of the State Executive Council.

Mr. Ogazimorah said that the Council noted with dismay that some residents of the state capital allow traders to put up make-shift shops within their premises, and warned that government would henceforth deal decisively with anybody who allowed such structures in his area.

The Executive Council also restated its earlier plans to verge lines free for pedestrians and other vehicular traffic, stating that it would hold responsible any occupants who fail to keep his or her environment clean, protect the verge lines as well as connect water and electricity illegally. He said that traders should go to the designated areas and erect shops for their businesses.

The Council therefore urged residents not to be intimidated by the so called local officials or any person who wants to deface their environment with make-shift shops, adding that government would prosecute any offender especially the occupants who aid the defaulters.

The Executive Council noted that the delay in movement of some faculties and departments of the State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) whose faculty and department building are ready at the permanent site had delayed the reacquisition of the ESUT temporary premises by the Institute of management and Technology (IMT) Enugu and as a result could delay the take-off in September this year of the College of Education Technical. The Government therefore ordered the immediate movement of the affected faculties and departments without further delay, pointing out that the remaining blocks are in their various stages of completion.

According to the Commissioner, the Council also directed that the State Central Library situated near Ogbete Main Market be relocated to the Adult Education building within the ESUT temporary site. The relocation was necessitated by the fast growing rate of the market and other transport businesses around the area which makes the environment very unconducive for library users. He disclosed that the logistics for the relocation had been provided.

Furthermore, the Council described as very surprising the sudden removal of a giant power generating set that powered the water scheme at Agbani by unknown persons and therefore reminded the local government chairmen that apart from maintaining government facilities under their care, they were also expected to ensure security for such utilities.

The Commissioner said that gone were the days when the chairmen held endless meetings at Enugu and advised them to stay at their various localities to direct their local populace, local resources as well as maintain and protect public facilities and ensure their maximum utilization.

According to the Commissioner, the Council warned that any public facilities damaged, stolen or neglected would attract severe sanction against those responsible for such facilities.

The Executive Council also described as embarrassing the illicit practice of some medical practitioners who engaged in the business of selling babies. The Council reminded the public that the law concerning adoption is clear and warned firmly that such doctors should desist from this obnoxious practice.

The Council therefore urged prospective adopters to visit the Ministry of Women Affairs and the Ministry of Justice or seek the professional advice of a lawyer before engaging in adoption, adding that any hospital found doing illegal baby business would be reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities, while government would ensure that its certificate is seized and the doctor prohibited from practicing in the state.


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