Enugu Assembly Hits Ex- Governor Chime, Directs Ugwuanyi To Revoke Previous ContractsEnugu, Featured, Latest News, News Across Nigeria, News From The State Thursday, July 21st, 2016
By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
ENUGU , NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Barely eight months the Enugu State House of Assembly summoned some former Commissioners and contractors that handled various projects during the administration of ex- Governor Sullivan Chime, the Legialative House has again, called on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revoke with immediate effect all contractual agreements entered into by the state Tourism Board under his predecessor.
It would be recalled that the lawmakers, had in November 2015, summoned contractors and Commissioners that worked under Chime with a view to ascertaining how roads and other capital projects were handled by his administration.
The agreements to be terminated are those entered into on parks, open space, recreational centers among other related facilities.
The lawmakers said the idea is in line with their resolve for total and immediate re-positioning.
“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, as well as to 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 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.
The Lawmaers 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, Ezeani, who is the Chairman House Committee 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.
He also noted 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.”
In his submission on the motion, the 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, explained that the revocation did not preclude those already using the facilities not to apply.
According to him, they have right to reapply if they can meet the conditions.
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