THE Enugu State Government is ahead on a scheme, Clean Coal City Initiative, to enhance the sanitation of the state.
The State Commissioner for Information Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, in his media brief, Thursday, stated that the council also approved the engagement of 175 teachers for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for schools in the state.
He stated that the government approved a three phase programme to improve the sanitation of the city.
The first phase is the engagement of 1,000 youth volunteer to be known as the Enugu Clean Team (ECT).
The second phase is the engagement of a consortium “to manage wastes as well as convert them to renewable energy.”
Anikwe explained that “the consortium has proposed a long-term concession to collect hazardous and non-hazardous wastes from industries, commercial organizations, health and other institutions, and residential buildings.
”If the talks succeed, the Consortium will manage an engineered landfill site and a hazardous waste incinerator – both with waste-to-energy system – in addition to transfer stations and a waste to energy plant.”
The third part of sanitation Initiative, will be headed by the Ministry of State Capital Territory. It will kick start “the process of removing vehicles that constitute obstructions on the road, including those that broke down and were abandoned.”
Meanwhile, the State Government approved the “engagement of 175 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers for 35 science and technical schools across the state.”
The approval trails reports of an acute shortage of technical, science, and vocational education teachers in the schools following retirements that began in 2015. In addition, 105 non-tutorial staff will be engaged.
Anikwe explained that the government recognized “the need to encourage science, technical and vocational education as a viable option for employment generation and wealth creation.”
N195. 5 million for new fire stations
To protect the residents from the hazards of fire outbreaks, the Government plans to erect five standard fire stations to manage fire-fighting and rescue operations across the state.
The five new ones, to be built at an estimated cost of N195.5 million will bring to eight the number of fire service stations in the state. Two of the new stations will be located in Enugu North and Enugu West respectively while one will be built in Enugu East.
Communities to benefit from the siting of the fire stations are Ogrute (Igboeze North LGA), Orba (Udenu LGA), Ninth-Mile Corner (Udi LGA), Oji (Oji River LGA), and Four-Corners (Nkanu West LGA).
Rangers FC get new management
At the SEC, Governor Ifwanyi Ugwuanyi presented the new management for Enugu Rangers Corporation – owners of the Rangers Football Club.
The chairman of the board is Chief Festus Onu while Olugbenga Ayodele Ogunbote is the technical adviser and head coach.