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Assembly wants Enugu to revoke deals on parks, opens spaces

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
25 July 2016   |   3:12 am
To ensure that recreational facilities such as parks regained their past glory and serve as good sources of revenue, the Enugu State House of Assembly has called on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revoke all contractual agreements made on parks, open spaces, recreational centres and other related facilities.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

To ensure that recreational facilities such as parks regained their past glory and serve as good sources of revenue, the Enugu State House of Assembly has called on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revoke all contractual agreements made on parks, open spaces, recreational centres and other related facilities.

In a resolution seconded by members, the House said repossessing the outfits was to ensure efficient management and better performance as well as boost the revenue of the state.

It directed the General Manager of the Enugu State Tourism Board to ensure that due process was followed in future award of contracts on the facilities. Also, the Assembly urged the State Ministry of Capital Territory to demolish all illegal structures within the said parks and open spaces.

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

Ezeani, who is the House Committee Chairman on Culture and Tourism during the plenary and presentation of the motion said that there was need to look inwards to ensure that the centres were repositioned to yield revenue for the state in the face of current 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.”

He observed that the motion was timely as it would not only attract revenue for the state, but ensures that the centres were maintained instead of serving as breeding ground for miscreants and thugs.