Ebonyi Govt Injects 700 Million To Resuscitate State Owned Versity

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi has approved the upward review of monthly subvention to Ebonyi state University from one hundred and fifty million naira only (#150,000,000) to two hundred million naira (200,000,000). 

Engr Jude Okpor, Commissioner for information and state orientation disclosed this on Thursday, while briefing Journalist on the the outcome of Wednesday's Executive Council meeting held at new EXCO Chambers, Ochudo centenary city, Abakaliki. The upward review according to the Commissioner covers the month of June and July.

The Commissioner narrated that the EXCO equally approved the release of sum of three hundred million naira (300,000,000) earlier approved to it by the immediate past administration, making the total money seven hundred million (700,000,000)

"It's unequivocally correct to say that the present administration has been in power for almost two months, consequently , Council approved an upward review of the monthly Subvention to Ebonyi State University, EBSU from #150m to #200m in retrospect. The Council also approved the release of the sum of #300m earlier promised by the immediate past administration to the University. Holistically, the total sum of #700m will be released to Ebonyi State University as directed by Exco" .

In another development, the Commissioner also told journalist that state Government approved the procurement and distribution of Thirteen Thousand (13,000) bags of fertilizer to Farmers across the state.

"The Executive Council received a report on the commencement of fertilizer production by the Ebonyi State Fertilizer and Chemical Company in accordance with the directive of the last Exco meeting and consequently approved the procurement and distribution of Thirteen Thousand (13,000) bags of fertilizers to farmers across the state".

Engr Okpor, numerated other sectors that recieved EXCO approvals to include: power and energy; commerce and industry; solid and capital City and Urban Planning. Others are Local Government and chieftaincy matters, works and infrastructure.

"On the repair of 33 units of transformers for redeployment into the electricity network across the state, Council resolved to direct the Honourable Commissioner for Power and Energy to consult with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC with a view to arriving at a mutually beneficial agreement with the state government before returning to the next Exco with the memo for possible consideration.

"Council approved the reactivation of fund for Small and Medium Scale Industries Credit Scheme with an initial capital of Fifty Million Naira only. Exco also approved the constitution of a Recovery Committee to  ensure repayment by beneficiaries so as to guarantee the sustanance of the scheme.

"Exco granted approval to the Ministry of Solid Minerals to initiate the process of establishing a Lead and Zinc Processing Plant alongside a Buying Center in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

"In line with the avowed determination of the state to improve the aesthetic nature of the capital city, Council resolved to direct the Commissioner for Capital City and Urban Planning to develop a masterplan towards upgrading the state capital into a 21st Century Smart City. Particularly, Council approved the construction of Bus Shelters with Water Closets in strategic points across the state capital and further directed the Commissioner to liase with his Water Resources counterparts for implementation. The interlocking of the  walkways and non concrete covered medians along the major dual carriage ways was also approved by Council to be jointly executed by the Ministry of Capital City and the Ministry of Environment. Council also approved the engagement of workers whose renumeration will be equivalent to medical workers to ensure the maintenance of the Bus Shelters at all times.

"The Ebonyi State Executive Council approved the construction of a befitting duplex for each of the Traditional Rulers presently holding sway in their respective communities across the state in fulfilment of the campaign promise of our governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru. 

"The following roads across the state received the approval of council for construction under different Ministries. 

Ministry Of works

"I ). Construction of 41km road from Obubara Junction to Oferekpe — to be splitted into four Lots.
ii). Reconstruction of 19km  Obvudechi - Iziogo road — to be splitted into two lots.
III). Construction of 31. 827km Oferekpe- Agbaja road 
iv). Construction of 12.81km Ishieke Odomoke Ekebiligwe - Isophu - Nworie road.
v). Construction of 1.3km Ebonyi Agro Dealers Market road Onuebonyi.

b). Infrastructure.

"I). Construction of Ogboenyi road off Ndibe beach road, Afikpo 
ii). Construction of Itara-Dr.Akanu Ibiam-Oyoyo-Erei Road, Unwana.

C. Capital City And Urban Planning.

I). Rehabilitation of Alo street to Unity Square road with some spots maintenance along Nwele Street with concrete pavements.

"Finally, Exco approved the purchase of vehicles for Executive Council members, House of Assembly members and Security Agencies". 

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