History as relocation of ESUT to permanent site commences
February 14, 2006
The first batch of students and Principal Officers of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) have moved to the Permanent Site of the University at Ebeano City in Nkanu West Local Government Area.

By this exercise, the administration of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has recorded yet another very enviable achievement of moving the university established some two decades ago into its permanent site, a feat which the founding fathers of the institution and other successive administration in the state could not accomplish.

The ESUT permanent site seated on a six hundred hecters of virgin land donated by four communities of Obe, Umueze, Amurri and Agbani is described as one of the most modern universities in Africa.

The university has 162 units of buildings, four hostel blocks, eight faculty buildings, medical center, junior staff quarters, intermediate staff quarters, professors’ duplexes, vice chancellors lodge, students union multi-purpose centre, library complex, an auditorium, sports complex, water and electricity among others, some of which are at various stages of completion.
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Speaking at a grand ceremony to mark the actual relocation to the new site the State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani described the exercise as very historic and a realization of his age-long dream.

The Governor described his administration as a change agent which had used its God given opportunity to change the environment and impact positively on the lives of the people.

According to Governor Nnamani “as a change agent, we have midwifed the re-birth of the ESUT Permanent Site". He therefore thanked all those who contributed in one way or the other towards the realization of this goal and pledged this government’s continued support to ensure full completion of the remaining facilities on the campus.

The State Chief Executive urged the students to brace up with the challenges of the relocation exercise, adding that efforts were being made to make them very comfortable on the campus.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ikechukwu Chidobem, noted that with the opening of the permanent site, the infrastructural needs of ESUT have adequately been met.

He added that “this super-infrastructural boost would facilitate the subsequent accreditation status of the university”, since, according to him, that component alone accounts for more than 45% of the National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation requirements.

Prof. Chidobem pledged the university administration's determination to "re-engineer and re-position ESUT and elevate it to the status of a first-class institution for the pursuit of academic and administrative excellence in learning, teaching and research.”

Towards this end, he disclosed that the university was in the process of partnering with academic, industrial, and entrepreneurial organizations and donor agencies for enhanced growth and development in all spheres of academic endeavour.

While thanking Governor Nnamani for the "enormous resources" being invested for the development of ESUT, he invited all stakeholders to join the university in its quest for a sustainable academic excellence.

Also in his speech, the Chairman Committee on Movement of ESUT to the Permanent Site, Dr. Jude Udenta noted that with the relocation exercise, Governor Nnamani had met the goals and aspirations of the people of Nigeria in general and Enugu State in particular.

According to Dr. Udenta; "As we accept that Rome was not built in a day, then let us appreciate what is on ground so far, though we are just getting started." He commended the Governor for his vision and mission for ESUT in particular and Enugu State in general, describing them as a vision of a greater tomorrow and a mission not only to serve but also to liberate the people.

He said: “beyond the university the Governor has created another economic growth area for the State”. He therefore invited all men of good faith and other stakeholders to join hands in taking ESUT to higher heights.

The Spokesman of the ESUT Student Union Government, Mr. Jacob Egbo thanked the Governor for making the relocation exercise a reality, pointing out that it was indicative that the power he sought is the power to do good. Mr. Egbo assured the Governor that the students will continue to be law-abiding, peaceful and supportive to his government and reminded him that more still needed to be done to complete the task.

The Most Rev. Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma, Bishop of Enugu Diocese Anglican Communion, in a brief remarks before the dedication of the university to God, described the re-location of ESUT to its permanent site as a giant stride by the Governor and a legacy of visionary leadership. Bishop Chukwuma therefore prayed God to direct all the staff and functions they were going to perform in the institution and also give the Governor and his team the resources with power and courage to complete what remained in the institution.

The relocation ceremony was attended by the State Deputy Governor, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, the Speaker and other members of the State House of Assembly, Members of the State Executive Council, Local Government Chairmen, Traditional Rulers, Staff and Students of the university who turned out in their numbers to witness the ceremony.

 


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