Gov. Ugwuanyi inaugurates Enugu Unity Park with 42 ft lion scrupture

By AdvocateNews on 31/05/2021

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Enugu state Governor , Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi  Saturday, inaugurated the Unity Park, Enugu, a recreational , tourism park with the largest  lion scrulpture in the world.

Inaugurating the park located at Independence layout, Enugu,  Gov. Ugwuanyi said that the project offers “the good people of Enugu State an opportunity to relive the past when the City urbanization had not obliterated our Recreation Areas”.

He said that his administration through the development of the Unity Park located adjacent to the popular Michael Okpara Square, IEnugu, responded to a yawning gap in the lifestyle of the Coal City.

Gov. Ugwyany disclosed that the park has a reinforced concrete pedestrian walkway measuring about 1.9 kilometers, monumental concrete roaring lion sculptuè measuring 42 feet high, 72 feet long and 24 feet wide aired-conditioned spacious interior that seats about fifty (50) persons, and a large water pond deep enough to offer the hydrodynamics for boat riding, among other interesting features. 

 He said that it was widely believed that the sculpture of a giant roaring lion at the park currently interrogates existing world records on lion sculpture, disclosing  that his administration has applied to the World Records Organizations “to review this and allocate to us our rightly place in world history”.

Governor Ugwuanyi observed that, “This challenged ecosystem and biodiversity of this emerging urban centre. The early colliery activities, growth in population and other commercial activities put pressure on  parks in the city.

“The Coal City further grew rapidly due to its strategic role as regional and state capital as well as its status as a preferred location for peaceful living, business and investment.

“The efforts by successive administrations to increase the housing stock in the city led to the de-zoning of most of the residual Open Spaces/Green Spaces and Recreation Areas. The tourism potential of the Coal City was sub-optimized, its ambience challenged, and the residents yearned for a new paradigm.

“Our administration responded to this yawning gap in the Coal City lifestyle by approving the development of the Unity Park, Enugu, in October 2019 at this location”, Gov. Ugwuanyi said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Ugonna Ibe, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the feat he achieved  in enhancing Enugu State’s status in the local and international tourism.

According to him, “after the demise of the Zoological Garden and Polo Park, the state lacked a recreational park to satisfy the ever unquenching relaxational needs of both local and international tourists that visit Enugu City in large number”.

He said that the newly developed park will assist the state government in attracting tourists, diversifying her economic base and creating job for the teeming youth.

Highlights  of the event we a special prayer session by school children for God’s blessings and protection upon  governor Ugwuanyi, Enugu State and the people of the state. There were also  cultural dances from different group.

Posted 31/05/2021 09:03:04 AM

 

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