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The government of Enugu state on Monday confirmed that the United Kingdom (UK) government has okayed a visa centre for the state to facilitate visa applications by residents of the southeast region.
Prof Chidiebere Onyia who is the Secretary to the state government, who dropped the big news, stated that the centre would strengthen ties between the state, Nigeria and the UK.
Onyia, recalled that the visa centre was part of Governor Peter Mbah’s requests during the visit to the Government House, Enugu, by the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Richard Montgomery, in June this year.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo also made similar requests when the High Commissioner visited it’s national secretariat in Enugu last June.
Onyia further disclosed that the government received the news of the visa centre with delight and satisfaction, stressing that it would further enhance economic partnership and cultural exchanges between Enugu State and the United Kingdom.
“The Enugu State Government therefore looks forward to a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the UK, as the visa centre would help cement the relationship”, he added.
The government called on the people, especially those residing in the South-East to avail themselves of the opportunity provided to file their visa applications in the state, saying the government would ensure improved security both to residents and visitors carrying on business in the state.
He reiterated that the state was open for business and investment more than ever before.
In another report, Governor Mbah, yesterday, restated his administration’s resolve to move the state forward, stressing that his government produces over 25 million litres of potable water daily.
Mbah, who addressed the people of the state in a radio broadcast to mark his 100 days in office as governor, explained that the volume of water is the highest the state had achieved in the past 20 years, adding that his administration aims at generating 70 million litres daily by the end of next month, as part of the commitment to making water available to residents in 180 days as promised during his swearing in.
He said: ‘At this rate, we are ahead of the curve in our race to deliver water to Enugu people by the end of November, which will mark 180 days since our inauguration, in line with our promise.’ Mbah stated.
He also said that in the next few weeks, work would commence on 81 urban roads across the state, and two flyovers (at Abakpa and Holy Ghost-Ogbete-Old Park axis) and priority roads, many of which will be reconstructed.
On the achievements recorded in the past 100 days, Mbah stated that the government had tackled the Monday sit-at-home order in Enugu State.