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Governor Peter Mbah has given his word to the people of Enugu, promising that the upscale experience provided to residents and investors in Dubai and Singapore will be mirrored in New Enugu City.
The Mbah administration’s ambitious project, the New Enugu City, spans 10,000 hectares of land along Enugu Abakaliki Road, covering Enugu East, Enugu North, Enugu South, and Nkanu West Local Government Areas of the state.
As part of the development initiatives, a 17-kilometer road, feeder roads, and other crucial infrastructure are being constructed for the new city, with the strategic objective of establishing the state as a premier destination for investment, business, living, and tourism.
Governor Mba affirmed that the first phase of the project, which encompasses 26 square kilometers, will be delivered within 24 months, underscoring the state government’s dedication to reinstating Enugu’s historical significance and securing its place among the top three states in Nigeria.
‘We have conceived a city that we believe marks the beginning of our journey to the position and consequential roles we want to play in the affairs of this continent,” Mbah assured, adding that the development of the new city which has been awarded to China Construction and Engineering Company (CCEC) would rub shoulders with any other great city in the world.’
‘We are going to start with the first phase of about 26 square kilometers. This will warehouse three islands, namely the Happy Island, the Vitality Bay and the Innovation Park. All of these islands are designed with first-class city features in mind,’ the governor said.
Continuing, he assured, ‘All the things that we experience when we travel to Dubai, Singapore, and other major cities in the world is what we are about to bring to you here in Enugu State because we believe you deserve nothing but the best. And this is pursuant to the pledge we have made to Enugu to grow the economy from its current level of $4.4 billion to $30 billion in the next four to eight years.’
Governor Mbah’s vision for the new city is that it becomes a significant platform, featuring a dedicated power project, a dedicated power plant, and a centralized sewage system. The government’s plan includes centralizing and providing all critical public utilities for the city.
High-speed internet connectivity will be readily accessible in the city, leaving virtually no modern smart city feature overlooked.
To show the state government’s determination to deliver on its promise, the governor said, ‘We are not going to entertain any variation, delay, or time overrun because the funds will be provided, and we will ensure that we put in place a close monitor to ensure not only that the standards we have agreed on are met but also that the timelines are met strictly. We are also providing the highest quality of roads; we are all making sure that the roads are well paved.’
‘We are here not only to witness the construction of a road, we are here to witness the construction of infrastructure, and there is hardly anything you will find in any modern smart city that you will not find in this city,’ he added.