The Enugu State government has placed an order for the purchase of 300 new buses for distribution to all the public secondary schools in the state.
Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, the state commissioner for information, who announced this while briefing the press at the end of the State Executive Council meeting in Enugu, chaired by Governor Sullivan I. Chime, said that more than N1.551billion had been set aside for the purchase of the buses.
He stated that government embarked on the project to ease the problems of transportation facing secondary schools in the state, especially during exams and school outings.
Ugwoke also said that the council approved a loan of N200million for the refurbishment of Nike Lake Resort Hotels so as to improve on its first class hospitality to customers.
The commissioner explained that the money, which would be paid back to the bank that provided the facility by the operators of the hotel, would be spent on the total refurbishment of 88 standard rooms and 12 suites now, while refurbishment in other sections would be carried out in phases.
According to him, council also approved that a draft bill for the establishment of the State Road Traffic Management Authority be sent to the House of Assembly for consideration and possible passage into law.
He said that the bill, if approved and passed into law, would help regulate control and manage road traffic within the state.
Mr. Ugwoke said that the council approved the payment of the state counterpart fund for the participation of three local governments in the state in the conditional grant scheme to the local government millennium development goals.