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The government of Enugu State has declared that the now moribund Hotel Presidential in the state is not for sale, stressing that it is determined to revamp it in no distant time to boost its tourism efforts.
Governor Peter Mbah, who disclosed this, while unveiling an art gallery, Kachi James’ Gallery, in Enugu, stated that his administration is determined to promote tourism to create employment and shore up the revenue of the state.
Represented by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ugochi Madueke, Mbah stated that clearing of bushes in the premises and surroundings of the hotel had started, urging the people of the state to be patient with his government.
‘If you noticed, you will see that recently the Hotel Presidential was cleared. All the bushes and trees were cut. We are working seriously on the hotel, and very soon, you will see that work will start there. Authoritatively, before the next six months, you will see work commence there, and even at the abandoned international conference centre,’ he stated.
In another report, Governor Mbah has established a committee dedicated to implementing the ₦30,000 minimum wage for primary school educators in the state.
Chief Theophilus Odo, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Enugu State, revealed this information on Thursday in Enugu as part of the 2023 World Teachers’ Day commemoration.
As one of the committee members, Odo conveyed his appreciation to the governor for this gracious act.
Speaking on the theme for this year’s Day: ‘The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage,’ he stressed the need for the re-ordering of a new value system.
‘There is the need for re-ordering the societal value system, such as stewardship, steadfastness, commitment to service, sincerity, etc. which an ideal teacher epitomises’
‘It is this kind of moral vision against the false value of acquisitive, oppressive and exploitative society that will awaken Nigeria teachers to their duties and responsibilities to the nation, as it was in the past,’ he said.
Odo brought to the governor’s notice the importance of recruiting fresh educators in the state and resolving the overdue teacher promotions.
He also insisted on the governor addressing the payment of outstanding leave allowances for teachers in primary and post-primary schools across the state.