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Governor Charles Soludo-led Anambra State Government has announced tat it would be revisiting the abandoned Government House project in Awka, 31 years after the project had been initiated and shelved.
The state governor, Prof Soludo had during a state executive council meeting announced that the project would be gulping a whooping ₦6.088 billion with which to attain full completion and rebranding.
This announcement had been contained in a press release which was detailed by the state commissioner for information, Mr Paul Nwosu, after this week’s state executive council meeting at the government house.
Prof Chukwuma Soludo in the release stated that his government would complete the project within 18 months. Work on the new government house has been stalled for about 31 years since the first Military Administrator of the State, Navy Captain Joseph Abulu began the project.
Nwosu in the press release said: “The memo on the abandoned government house and 25 other peripheral structures were presented by the Commissioner for Housing and considered by Anambra State Executive Council (ANSEC).
“The project which will cost N6.088 billion and will be completed within 18 months was approved by ANSEC.
“Also endorsed for construction are gate houses, police posts, perimeter fence measuring 2.22 linear kilometres and other internal works such as driveways, parking areas, walkways, drainages, water supplies, green area, etc. All of these will be complete at the cost of N1.317 billion and delivered in 9 months.”
The new Anambra Government House, a project which had been constructed to a reasonable extent with roofing, was later abandoned to rodents and reptiles while corrugated roofing sheets and irons used for the project have all been vandalized and stolen.