Why we are committing N14 billion to new university, by Nnamani
April 25, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has directed the principal officers and academic staff of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) to show more commitment and enthusiasm to relocation to the permanent site of the University at Ebeano City.

Governor Nnamani, who gave the directive when he received the new executives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU (ESUT) Chapter at the Government House, Enugu, said that government would not take kindly with anybody that creates impediment to the relocation programme.

The governor therefore urged ASUU and the principal officers of the university to complement and reciprocate the zeal and commitment of government and students of the school to the relocation exercise.

He announced that his administration had committed about fourteen billion naira to the development of the permanent site of the university seated on six hundred hectares of virgin land.

Governor Nnamani stated that no state government had made such a commitment to the development of tertiary education in the country than the Enugu State government, adding that his administration was poised to do even more for that sector.

He used the occasion to announce that the Governing Council of the university would soon be reconstituted and thanked members of ASUU ESUT Chapter for their understanding, cooperation and patience with the government so far.

The State Chief Executive noted with satisfaction the role of ASUU of the university in ensuring that no teaching hour was lost either through strike or demonstration since his election as governor, describing it as unequalled and worthy of emulation.

He assured them that government would always reciprocate these gestures by providing the needed good academic environment for them to discharge their duties.

On the issue of accreditation of courses in the university, Governor Nnamani assured that appropriate measures were being taken to address them urgently especially in the areas of infrastructural facilities and staffing.

Earlier in his address the Chairman of the union, Dr. Willy Ugwuanyi, had told the Governor that they were at the Government House to present their new executives and to thank him for all he had been doing to improve the institution and the staff.

Dr. Ugwuanyi specifically mentioned the massive development of the ESUT Teaching Hospital and Medical School as well as the state-of-the-art permanent site of the university.

According to Dr. Ugwuanyi, the establishment and relocation to the ESUT permanent site had wiped out their tears and made them true landlord in their own environment.

He also thanked the Governor for making it possible for ESUT staff to enjoy pension scheme and gratuity which were not so before his assumption of office.

The ASUU Chairman also requested among other things, recruitment of more academic staff, senior staff canteen and speedy completion of recreational facilities in the new permanent site, monetization of benefits, as well as regular promotion of their academic staff.


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