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Ebonyi Plans N3bn Rehabilitation Scheme For Hawkers

Posted: Nov 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
The Ebonyi State Government is to budget N3 billon for the rehabilitation  of Ebonyi indigenes hawking in  major cities of Lagos,Onitsha,Port Harcourt,Aba and other across the country.

This was part of the resolution reached  during  this week’s state Executive Council meeting  in Abakaliki,the  state capital.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation,Senator Emmanuel Onwe, said the Special Advisor  to the Governor, Lagos Liaison Office,Mrs Jacinta Nworie,  had  been redeployed and re-assigned as SA on Talent Development.
Mrs Nworie, according to him, has  been  charged with the responsibility of conducting census of  the   hawkers  with a view to rehabilitating them.

He said, “The SA on Lagos Liaison Office is to immediately be redeployed by the Secretary to State Government and to be relocated or reassigned to  the office of the SSG.Her position is to be redesignated as SA on Talent Development in the Department of Talent Development. Her responsibility would be,first to conduct a comprehensive census of all Ebonyi indigenes who are hawking in the major cities, like, Lagos,Onitsha,port Harcourt,Aba and else where.

“Once such comprehensive census is taken,it is the resolution of EXCO to make a budget of N3 billion to begin a rehabilitation process of all Ebonyians who are engaged in a disgraceful and humiliating activities of hawking on the highways in   major  cities of Lagos,Port Harcourt,Onitsha and so on”.
The commissioner   also disclosed that  the Executive  Council  terminated  a  contract  awarded for the provision of electricity at the  Federal Teaching Hospital,FETHA 2  in Abakaliki.
He said that his  Power   counterpart,Chief Emmanuel Uguru, was given one week to take over the contract and complete it for commissioning.

The council also banned the sell of used cable wires in the state and advised  those selling such to   get approval from the Commissioner for Power  to avoid being charged to court.

Senator Onwe explained that  this was part of  the measures taken to avert the stealing or vandalism of cable wires in the state

Also , the council directed those lobbying to replace the retired permanent secretaries   to stop  doing so as governor was not in a hurry
to appoint new ones.

Onwe added that the council   banned government functionaries and civil servants from attending private functions  scheduled for  Fridays.