Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday pledged to restore some deplorable state government parks in Enugu capital to their original purpose.
It was reported that Ugwuanyi made the the disclosure when he visited some abandoned state government parks in the state.
According to him, government will revamp the parks to make them comparable to the newly established Enugu Unity Park, adjacent to the popular Michael Okpara Square, Independence Layout, Enugu.
Ugwuanyi stated that with the increase in population of the State, there was need for functional recreation and relaxation centres for the residents.
The recreation centres visited by Gov. Ugwuanyi, in company of the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Ugonna Ibe were the newly remodeled Eze and Onwudiwe parks located at Uwani.
Others are Ejindu Park, Coal Camp and the Ude Ubaka Park, along Agbani Road.
The governor noted that the parks had been illegally converted to churches, residential areas and automobile workshops.
He however, made funds available for immediate clearing of grasses and removal of other obstructions at Eze, Onwudiwe and Ejindu parks.
According to him, the state government would follow due process to restore Ude Ubaka Park to its original purpose.
“My mission is to ensure that these government facilities are put into effective use in line with their original purpose in the overall interest of residents of the state,” the governor said.
He, therefore, assured residents living within the areas, of the state government’s planned intervention on restoring the parks for recreation and relaxation, assuring them that the facilities would soon be put into effective use.
Other government officials in the entourage include Chairmen of Enugu South and Enugu North local government areas, Mr Monday Eneh and Mr Emeka Onunze respectively.