The Enugu State Government has debunked reports in the media suggesting that Rangers International FC coach, Mr. Imama Amapakabo, has been sacked.
The Commissioner for Youths and Sports in the state, Mr. Charles Ndukwe, made this known to journalists at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held at Government House, Enugu on Wednesday.
He stated that Amapakabo was only suspended by the state government based on the club’s recent run of poor performance which was also evident in their home match, last Sunday, against Zesco United Football Club of Zambia. The match had ended 2 – 2 despite Rangers earlier taking a two-goal lead.
Noting that a sack letter could not have been issued to the coach without the state government’s consent, the commissioner said, “the general manager has no right to sack a coach, and Enugu State government cannot take an abnormal action”.
He informed journalists that Mr. Chukwuma Agbo is presently the chief coach of the club, adding that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is interested in the welfare of the club and will do everything possible to restore its glory.
Also briefing the press on the outcome of the meeting, the State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele, said that the council approved the sum of N23,584,224.00 for the building and installation of underground vandal-proof controller panel protection to forestall the activities of hoodlums who had been vandalizing and stealing vital equipment that power traffic lights within the metropolis. “This will ensure the optimum performance of traffic lights in the state,” he said.
He said that the council further approved the sum of N200m in addition to the N100m previously paid to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) as part settlement of the government’s indebtedness to the establishment pending the outcome of account reconciliation by a joint committee of the state government and EEDC which, he said, will be submitted before May 4, this year.
Udeuhele also disclosed that the council equally approved N10m rolling plan, with an initial installment of N5m this year for community development initiatives in each of the 450 autonomous communities in the state to boost rural development and encourage community participation in infrastructural development.