Enugu Govt Snubs Poverty Crisis, Plans Lavish 380-Room Hotel

Despite a staggering 85% poverty rate in Enugu State, the government has announced plans to construct a luxurious 380-room five-star hotel in just 12 months.

This decision has sparked outrage and disbelief among residents who are struggling to make ends meet.

According to a recent Chorus research report on urban health, the poverty rate in Enugu State, including Enugu City, stands at a shocking 85%.

The report also highlights the dire health conditions faced by the population, with poor diets, malnutrition, and a lack of access to healthcare services contributing to the suffering of the people.

The commissioner for culture of the state, Ugochi Madueke, defended the decision, stating, “There is a need for that five-star hotel, especially with our international conference center and the International Airport. Part of the reason why we have not had any other international flights coming into Enugu is because they don’t believe in any of the hotels we have here.”

Also, the Enugu State Commissioner for Agriculture, Patrick Ubru, emphasised the job creation potential of the hotel project, stating, “What it means is that the revitalization of UPPCL will create jobs, and that is also in keeping with His Excellency’s promise to revive all our moribund assets.”

The decision to prioritize the construction of a lavish hotel over addressing the pressing needs of the impoverished population has left many questioning the government’s priorities and commitment to improving the lives of its citizens.

As one resident Nnemeka Nwuslor put it, “It’s disheartening to see the government investing in luxury projects while the majority of us are struggling to survive,” he said. “This is ten years since I graduated from the University, I haven’t gotten a job in my state I had to relocate early this year to Abuja to hunt for job since I am the first child to support my family.”

The controversial move has raised concerns about the government’s disconnect from the realities faced by the people of Enugu State and has sparked calls for a reevaluation of the state’s development priorities.

 

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