By Chizoba Okeke/Anastasia Agunwa/Gloria Abugu  :

Awka, Feb. 23, 2021 (MOI) The Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Uche Okafor says the State House of Assembly is impressed at the level of work ongoing at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Awka.

Mr made said this during an inspection tour of the facility with the legislators, the Commissioner for Housing, Mr Mike Okonkwo and some other government officials.

The Speaker explained that the inspection was to have an overview of what was going on at site.

“This is the second arm of government charged by the Constitution to conduct oversight functions on projects being executed by the executive arm of Government.

“We critically study the budget presented by the executive, approve it before it becomes law for the executive to be able to spend the appropriated funds on projects.

“Part of our responsibility is to go round and ensure that the requests made by the executive on behalf of Ndi Anambra are properly put into good use.

“Having gone round the building, it’s a project I believe after completion will be the best, not only in Nigeria but sub Saharan Africa.’’

The speaker also said that, they were impressed at quality of materials being used in construction.

“Everything is top notch; there is no imitation or sub standard equipment and we applaud the Governor for this.

“It takes an administrator with the heart of the people to do what the people want him to do.

“This will create massive employment for the youths of Anambra as well as generate economic development as an International Conference Centre.

“We learnt that a 5-Star Hotel will be erected among other buildings to house visitors that will come for different activities at the centre; that is also an economic boost.

“Hopefully before the rain starts, the centre will be completed. Anambra will be one of those states that will be hosting International conferences.

“The centre is also situated at the heart of the state, which can be easily accessed from any part of the state,’’ Mr Okafor said.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Housing, Mr Okonkwo noted that apart from the Ballroom/Multipurpose Hall, which is the main building, it has other auxiliary buildings.

Mr Okonkwo said the centre would house a museum, Indoor Sports facilities and other activities aside conferences and conventions.

“The building is designed to accommodate 10,000 people.  The ICC is sitting on seven hectares of land and would provide for 1,200 packing spaces.

“This project is one of Governor’s legacy projects in addition to the airport and Awka Township Stadium under construction too.

“We expect that by March 17 which is our anniversary, the centre will be 80 per cent completed,’’ Mr Okonkwo said.

Mr Ifeanyi Okoma, the State’s Consultant said It would be the biggest conference centre in Nigeria today, which would require absolute care and attention.

“One thing we are pleading for is proper funding. We need more funds to push the construction, so as to meet up with the targets set for completion,’’ the consultant said. (MOI)



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