Nnamani assents to bills establishing ESUT Teaching Hospital, College of Education Technical
April 24, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has signed the bills establishing the ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, and the Enugu State College of Education Technical, Enugu, into law.

Speaking shortly after assenting to the bills, Governor Nnamani described the ceremony as a further step in the implementation of his government’s resolve to set up “a world-class tertiary level health institution that has facilities and infrastructures comparable with any other in the world”, adding with delight that already, a good number of renowned consultants in various branches of the medical profession had joined the Teaching Hospital, thus fulfilling the conditions for the full accreditation of the Teaching Hospital and College of Medicine.

He used the occasion to pay tributes to the team of medical experts who had joined the Teaching Hospital and the Chief Medical Director as well as their Principal Officers for their hard-work and commitment to the development of the hospital, pointing out that the Government of Enugu State was eternally grateful to the Chief Medical Director (CMD) for overseeing the transformation of the former Parklane Specialist Hospital to a Teaching Hospital.

On the State College of Education Technical, Governor Nnamani explained that it was established to provide a holistic technical education, stressing that emphasis would be placed on core sciences, mathematics and other related courses that would help produce teachers in technical education.

The State Chief Executive also announced that the State Technical Education Board would soon be inaugurated, restating that the new College of Education Technical which would take off by this September this year, would begin to produce National Certificate of Education (NCE) graduates, and further directed the Commissioner for Education and the State Attorney General to begin now to plan for the college's accreditation to a degree awarding institution.

The Governor observed that the presence of principal officers of the State University at the ceremony was indicative of their cooperation and zeal on the ongoing relocation of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) to its permanent site. The process, he said, would enable the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) to take its rightful place while the College of Education Technical takes off at the Abakaliki Road Campus soon to be vacated by IMT.

Governor Nnamani also expressed gratitude to members of the State House of Assembly for working harmoniously with the executive, pointing out that all his government had been able to achieve could not have been possible without the contribution of the lawmakers.

Earlier in his speech while presenting the two bills to the governor, the Speaker State House of Assembly, Chief Abel Chukwu, thanked the governor for his people-oriented programmes ansd achievements. He stated that the Assembly members would always do justice bills sent to them in the interest of the people.

Hon Chukwu said that the signing into law of the ESUT Teaching Hospital Bill and the State College of Education Technical Bill would formally signal the establishment of the two institutions, emphasizing that this would help provide employment opportunity for the people in the State.

The speaker noted with satisfaction, that more than 90% of the structures at the College of Education Site had been provided while the impact of the Teaching Hospital was already being felt by the people of the state.


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