ESUT gets February 14 deadline to move to permanent site
January 9, 2006

The process of relocation of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) to its permanent site has commenced with the inauguration of a seventeen member committee to carry out the assignment.

The ESUT Relocation Committee headed by the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of the university and one time Head of the Department of Public Administration, Dr. Jude Udenta, is to start actual movement to the new site on the 14th of February, 2006.

Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Enugu, the Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, urged them to take the movement exercise as a very serious business.

The Governor directed them to carry along the students’ body and to devote full attention to the assignment since government will not take any excuse or tolerate any act of sabotage in any form.

According to the State Chief Executive, “what we are doing appears impossible. It is a dream we have and with God we shall succeed.”

He directed them to ensure that at least two hostel buildings, two cafeterias and the students’ union building are finished and ready for use, while the principal officers of the university should be on ground in their already completed quarters before that date.

Other facilities that must be ready before that date, according to the Governor, include the medical centre, the library, lecture halls, water and electricity supply, asphalting of the road network within the campus as well as the dual carriageway leading to the campus.

Governor Nnamani advised that they should work in sub-committees for effective performance, adding that arrangements have been made with the Police for a security post to augment the university’s internal security arrangement.

The Governor announced a package of incentives for the students, including free bus shuttle from the temporary to the permanent campus, among others, to cushion the effects of the relocation, pointing out that allocation of residential accommodation to both the academic and non-academic staff is also part of their assignment.

He thanked all those who accepted to serve in the committee and assured that government would provide them with all the needed support and logistics for the effective discharge of their assignment.

He later presented a brand new 504 Station Wagon to the committee to enable them commence work without delay.

In his brief remarks shortly after the inauguration the Chairman of the committee, Dr. Udenta, thanked Governor Nnamani for the opportunity given to them to be part of the success story of his administration in Enugu State.

Dr. Udenta described their assignment as a challenge, a responsibility and an evidence of a serious sense of trust from the Governor, promising that with governments’ demonstrable support, the cooperation of his colleagues and God’s guidance and direction, they would succeed.

He said, “We are going to deliver successfully and beautifully. We pledge our faithfulness and loyalty and we are determined to defend your honour and integrity in the state”.

Some other members of the committee are the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Nnam Igwe-Agu, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Martin Chukwunweike, his Works counterpart, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, the registrar of the university, Mr. Simon Nwankwo. Others are the Chief Security Office of the university, Mr. Domnic Nnajifor, and ESUT Director of Works, Mr. Moses Ogbuka, Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Education, Nze Mike Onyeze, the representatives of the ESUT Students Union, and others.


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