ENSG Takes Over Coal Corporation Property In Enugu

ENSG Takes Over Coal Corporation Property In Enugu

The Enugu State Government on Thursday formally took over the two properties of the Nigerian Coal Corporation (NCC) purchased from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

The two properties are the headquarters of the corporation located on Okpara Avenue and the Colliery Hospital on New Market Road, all in Enugu.

Speaking after receiving the documents at the Government House, Enugu, Gov. Sullivan Chime described the event as `historic’.

Chime said the hospital would be renovated and dedicated to the government’s mother and child healthcare services.

He explained that the acquisition of the hospital became necessary to boost the health sector in the state.

The governor also said it would help reduce the pressure on Park Lane Specialist Hospital and other health institutions in the state which were now over stretched with patients.

On the privatisation of the four coal blocks in the state, Chime said investors had indicated interest in procuring and mining the coal for the proposed coal-powered electricity generation plant.

He thanked the BPE for its good works and assured the people that the government would take good care of the property and improve on their present state of affairs.

Earlier, the Director General of the bureau, Mr Benjamin Dikki, thanked the governor for the support to the enterprise.

Dikki said the sale of the property was part of the privatisation of the landed properties of the corporation and its coal blocks located in the state.

He said the privatisation of the corporation which started in 2007 sought to hand over the coal blocks to credible investors who would invest money and expertise to mine the coal.

He expressed the hoped that the coal blocks would create jobs and boost the economy of the state and Nigeria in general.

Dikki said that the corporation’s other buildings and briquette plants had been sold.

He said the sale of its residential houses would commence as soon as issues with the host community were resolved.

The BPE boss said the sale of the Oji plantation was suspended because of issues with the host community and appealed to the governor to assist in resolving it.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a seven member committee to resolve the problem with the host communities on the plantation was inaugurated.

The membership committee which is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Amechi Okolo, was drawn from the BPE and the state government. (NAN)

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