Enugu Assembly advises gov to revoke agreement on tourist centres

 Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor, Enugu State


From Patrick Egwu, Ogochukwu Asogwa & Jane Uba, Enugu

Enugu State House of Assembly has advised Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revoke with immediate effect all contractual agreements of the Tourism Board on parks, open spaces, recreational centres and other related facilities, to ensure their total and immediate repossession for revenue generation and efficient service delivery.

"This Honourable House urges the Governor of Enugu State, to revoke all the contractual agreements of the tourism board on parks, open spaces, recreation centres, and other related facilities, and ensure their immediate and total repossession to enable the Board reposition such outfits for efficient,  management and better performance," a resolution on a motion passed by the House reads.

The House also, in the same breadth, directed the General Manager of the Enugu State Tourism Board to ensure that due process is followed in future award of contracts on the facilities.

Members equally urged the Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory to demolish forthwith all illegal structures within the aforementioned parks and open spaces.

The decision mandating the revocation and other actions followed a motion presented to the House at a plenary yesterday by the member representing Igbo-Etiti East, Hon. Ezenta Ezeani on urgent need to ensure that the parks regained their past glory and serve as good revenue sources for the state.

Presenting the motion, Ezenta Ezeani, House Committee Chairman on Culture and Tourism,  said that there was need to look inwards to ensure that the centres are repositioned to yield revenue for the state in this critical economic crunch in the country.

Ezeani also said that the House derived the authority to order for the revocation from the 1999 constitution Section 128 (2)(b)" to expose inefficiency, or worst in the execution or administration of laws with our legislative competence."

Contributing to the motion, member representing Enugu South Urban, said that the motion was timely because not only that the parks would attract revenue for the state, it will also help in ensuring that the centres are maintained to stop serving as breeding ground for miscreants that smoke harmful drugs in the neglected centres.

Making clarification on the motion, leader of the House, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu said that the revocation does not preclude those already using the facilities not to apply.  He said that they had right to apply if they can meet the condition.
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