ENUGU – The Enugu State Government says it will spend N59 million on sports competitions in public secondary and technical schools this year.
Mr Chuks Ugwoke, the state Commissioner for Information, announced this in Enugu on Saturday after the state executive council meeting.
The commissioner said the council approved the funds to boost sporting activities among the students and to prepare them for professional sporting career.
He said government would provide equipment and manpower to facilitate effective training in the schools.
“The re-introduction of inter-house sports competition in 2012 in the state will be sustained with adequate funding.
“The testimony of its success is that the state team performed well in the just- concluded National Under-17 Sports Festival held in Abuja.
“The state presented athletes solely from products of the school sports system and 16 contingents from them have been invited for the forthcoming World Youths Championship this year’’, he said.
The commissioner said the executive council also approved over N1billion for the furnishing of the new secretariat complex, House of Assembly and the new governor’s office.
Ugwoke said the furnishing was to provide environment conducive to work in and enhance productivity and service delivery.
He disclosed that the council approved N231million for the execution of community projects in 24 communities.
“These projects will be executed through a tripartite partnership of the state, local government and the benefitting communities.
“The state governments’ share will be N139.11million, local government will pay N69.55millon while the 24 communities will pay N23.18million’’, he said.
The commissioner said the projects would range from provision of bore-holes, hospitals, classrooms and construction of access roads. (NAN)