Determined to ensure the effective operation of traffic lights in Enugu State, the state government has approved the sum of N23,584,224.00 for the building and installation of underground vandal-proof controller panel protection to forestall the ugly activities of hoodlums who had been vandalizing and stealing vital equipment that power traffic lights within the metropolis.
The action was part of the decisions taken at the State Executive Council meeting held at the EXCO Chambers, Government House, Enugu.
The state government had earlier raised the alarm that hoodlums were vandalizing and stealing the vital components that control the traffic lights in the state, leading to their malfunctioning.
It noted that some vandals had been arrested and charged to courts for prosecution.
The council according to the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele also approved the sum of N200m in addition to the N100m previously paid to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) as part settlement of the government’s indebtedness to the establishment, (most of which was inherited from the past administrations) pending the outcome of account reconciliation by a joint committee of the state government and EEDC.
EEDC has been using estimated billing for the government and its establishments since it commenced operation, hence the need to reconcile the amount to be paid finally in the spirit of accountability and prudence.
Udeuhele also disclosed that the council equally approved N10m rolling plan, with an initial instalment of N5m this year for community development initiatives in each of the 450 autonomous communities in the state to boost rural development and encourage community participation in infrastructural development.