By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Right Honorable Uche Okafor, says the International Conference Centre, Awka on completion, will create massive employment for the youths and boost the internally generated revenue of the state.
The Speaker disclosed this when he embarked on the inspection of the ongoing project alongside members of the House as part of their constitutional responsibilities.
Expressing satisfaction with the quality of work done so far at the site, Rt Hon. Okafor noted that the architectural design of the project was of international standard and would stand the test of time.
The speaker said the project would be completed soon and that after completion, Anambra would join the league of states that had international conference centres that could host all kinds of conferences and conventions.
He revealed that the project was seating on seven hectares of land with a five star hotel désigned for the relaxation of those that would be using the conference centre. He commended Governor Willie Obiano for putting up such legacy project for the state.
Conducting House members round the project, the Commissioner for Housing, Architect Michael Okonkwo, said the conference centre, with ten thousand sitting capacity, had multi-purpose halls, auditorium, restaurants, museum, gallery and parking space that could accommodate over one thousand cars, as well as other features that gave it an international outlook
Architect Okonkwo noted that the conference centre was one of the legacy projects of Governor Obiano in addition to the Umueri City Cargo Airport and Awka City Stadium the Governor was currently working on.
He expressed the hope that the International Conference Centré would be delivered in record time.
For his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Honorable Lawrence Ezeudu, observed that the construction firm handling the project was working according to specifications by using high quality materials for the construction of the building.