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Enugu seals pact with Vietnam on agricultural development

THE Enugu State government has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vietnamese government for the establishment of commercial farms in parts of the state.

This development was the outcome of the visit of a team of Enugu State officials to that country to discuss possible areas of co-operation in agriculture.

Disclosing this to Government House correspondents at the end of this week’s State Executive Council meeting at Enugu, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke said that a team from Vietnam would be visiting the state next month to work out modalities for the take off of the farm projects.

Ugwoke said that the council noted with satisfaction the very positive outcome of the visit and commended her officials, who made the trip for carrying the assignments successfully.

According to the commissioner, the council also directed the contractor handling the renovation work at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium and Rangers Village to speed up work on the project without further delay.

He said that the council also requested all the relevant ministries and government agencies involved in sports development in the state to liaise with the contractors to enable the state qualify as one of the centres for the hosting of the U17 world cup tagged Nigeria 2009.

Ugwoke, who was accompanied by his Education and Chieftaincy Matters counterparts, Mrs. Ndidi Chukwu and Mr. Goddy Ogbo said that the council was impressed with the report of its committee on community projects and urged them not to relent.

He said that the executive council used the occasion to appeal to communities in the state to continue to co-operate with the monitoring team and feel free to bring to their notice their peoples areas of need and feelings about government’s programmes in their areas.

According to the commissioner, the council directed its committee on recovery of water hydrants at Enugu and Nsukka urbans to speed up action to enhance the operation of the State fire service. Also the Exco mandated contractors handling road projects in the state to clear the drainage and all the debris left after completion of their work in parts of the metropolis of Enugu and Nsukka.

The council further directed property owners in the state capital to fence their houses especially along dual carriage way within the city.

It maintained that the directives to the contractors and property owners became necessary since they would help improve the aesthetics of the city. Ugwoke stated that minimum standard will be given to the entire landlords affected and also time frame to comply with the directives.

The council according to the commissioner noted with satisfaction the quality of work on the Eha Alumona dual carriage way that leads to the University of Nigeria, venue of the University games NUGA and wished the NUGA games a hitch free competition.

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