Abakalikiâ€”The Ebonyi State Government, yesterday said it had intensified efforts to relocate government offices from Abakaliki to Ocho-Udo city in 2010.
Mr Jonah Egbe, the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Housing, who made this known to newsmenÂ Â in Abakaliki, saidÂ work at the new city had reached an advanced stage.
The Commissioner explained that the relocation would help decongest Abakaliki town and make the stateâ€™s urban renewal programme a reality.
According to him, 11 blocks of four-storey buildings to serve as the stateâ€™s secretariat are nearing completion, and the project is being executed under the first phase.
â€œThe first phase will also contain facilities such as residential quarters for workers, federal establishments, the CBN complex, a modern market and road network,â€ Egbe said the projects are being executed at a cost of about N12 billion.
â€œThe Oferekpe water scheme will be piped to supply water to the new city. The Ministry of Public Utilities had been directed by the Governor to design an electricity network from Mile 50 to the city,â€ he added.