Enugu sets aside N600 million for College of Education
January 5, 2006

The Enugu State Government has earmarked a total of N600 million for staff recruitment, equipment and overall development of the proposed College of Technical Education to be located in Enugu.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, disclosed this in Enugu while briefing the media on the resolution of the State Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Enugu.

Mr. Ogazimorah further disclosed that the school, which is to be located at the Institute of the Management and Technology (IMT) Campus II, would focus on the teaching of core science and technology subjects leading to a solid foundation in information technology and general technological skill acquisition for students.

The Commissioner thus re-stated the State Government's total commitment to the aggressive infrastructural development of the State, with a view to re-directing the economy of the state from a civil service base to a globalized market economy.

In a related development, Mr. Ogazimorah decried bush-burning as old-fashioned and dangerous; since, according to him, it "heats up the eco-system, endangers crops and animals and has adverse effects on human beings", while urging the people to embrace modern methods of composition and farming.

In addition, the Commissioner disclosed that the State Governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani has directed that all parastatals in the State must strive to pay the pensions and gratuities of its retirees.

The State Government, Mr. Ogazimorah added, would continue to grant subventions to the parastatals and therefore urged them to streamline their running costs to accommodate the pension bills of their retirees.

The Commissioner further stated that the Enugu State Government while wishing the people a happy and prosperous New Year, noted that the year 2006 is a defining year, as democracy enters its seventh year.


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