Ebonyi Govt Sets To Build 39 Pilot Secondary Schools

By Our Reporter, Abakaliki

Ebonyi state Government has announced plans to build 39 pilot secondary schools that will serve as a reference point in further upgrade of public Schools in Ebonyi State and other states the Country.

The State Governor, Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru revealed this on Wednesday, during a Citizens' engagement organized to elicit the thoughts of Ebonyians for inclusion in the 2024 Budget Estimate of the State.

The Governor also announced the readiness of the state government to commence construction of about 512kms of road across the State during  the 2024 fiscal year.

Governor Nwifuru who spoke on his administration's preparedness to open up  rural Communities through aggressive road construction in the upcoming year, clarified that out of the 512kms of roads earmarked for construction, a total of 310kms would be completed within the cycle of the 2024 Budget.

"I am very impressed listening to the Honourable Commissioner for Finance analyzing the Budget Estimate for 2024, it is an Estimate and it became very necessary that we lay it to Ebonyi people to criticize and make their inputs.

"We need to be very open to the people of the State and to get Ebonyi people involved in what we think we can do to better their lives.

"In the area of Works, we have marshalled out and identified so many roads that need urgent attention of the Government of the State, some are rural roads, some are urban roads and some are Federal roads.

"In Ebonyi North, we have Nwiboko Obodo road, 12 km,;  Okwo Ngbo NigerCem road;  Mgbaji Nwagu-Iziogo road  already awarded;  Kpirikiri-Randa-Nwofe road . Some sections of the road as far as I am concerned is in a very deplorable condition and we will give it a facelift.

According to the Governor, in Ebonyi Central,   Ezillo-Iyionu-Ezzaegu 23.8km contract   has already  been awarded. Contractors are  already on site,  at13.34km Oriuzor road , among others.

The Governor disclosed that road constructions are on going in all  the Local Government Areas of the state.

"As it stands today, the Ministry of Works has the highest chunk of the Budget to the tune of over 21 billion naira."

Governor Nwifuru while noting that Health would get second highest attention under the 2024 Budget, said that becomes necessary in order to create access to health care services to the average Ebonyians in line with his People's Charter of Needs blueprint.

"We have recruited 36 new Doctors added to 7 of them previously bringing the total of them to 42. What the State will do is to pay them salary equivalent to what the Federal Government pays Doctors, buy them brand new Jeeps, furnish the Doctors Quarters in the General Hospitals and make the Quarter habitable.

"As we speak,  a Contract of 8.81billion naira already awarded for the supply of Drugs, consumables, and equipment  in the General Hospitals so that you don't have any need to come to town or even Abuja in search of medical attention."

The Governor also hinted of his administration's desire to scale up empowerment for underprivileged Ebonyians under the 2024 Budget.

"In our Primary Schools, we are not in a haste to do employment, we will do employment but we will do quality employment."

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