Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has expressed dissatisfaction with the management of Shoprite, a multi-billion Naira shopping mall, following his discovery of a substandard work done by the expatriate firm in its bid to channel the waste from its industrial activities to the Enugu State College of Education Technical, ESCET.
Ugwuanyi during an inspection of the college on Tuesday was informed that the drainage channel which was constructed without the approval of relevant authorities have exposed residents and passers-by an inimical odour that poses a pronounced health challenge.
The state government had earlier directed the management of the shopping mall to construct a suitable drainage system, but regretted that it did a shoddy work not minding its earlier warning.
The governor was briefed on the state of affairs of the facility by the institution’s director of works who told him that the management of the company had not done the proper execution of the work to end the risk users of the area pass through as a result of the pollution.
Speaking to newsmen at the site of the drainage system, the director of works of the college, Engr. Rufus Chime, noted that he had earlier informed the Shoprite management that the drainage constructed was unacceptable to the institution.
“We are not going to accept this because it is not what we agreed on, ESCET Works Director said.
According to Chime, “the whole drainage has to be covered. The poor construction was done during the yuletide when I was not present. I would again meet with the management for the proper reconstruction of the drainage to forestall pollution of the institution’s premises.”