Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Wednesday announced that over N80 billion has been spent on the establishment of the King David University of Medical Sciences in Uburu, Ebonyi State.
During a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Arc Sonny Echono, in Abuja, the government leader also solicited for a seed fund for the university.
“We are asking for a seed fund. We have put over N80 billion into the university. I am sure N150 billion will not be enough if it is managed by another body. I will not boast about that,” he said.
He also explained that the reason for his visit was to congratulate the Executive Secretary on his new assignment based on his exemplary work for the country, adding that his appointment as the head of the TETFund would bring great changes to the fund.
“I am here to congratulate my brother on his promotion based on his exemplary work for the country and to thank him for his exemplary public service,” he said.
“Whenever you call him, he picks up, and it’s not because I’m governor. The ordinary people are going through a lot of challenges and if they don’t have hope, at least they should get hope and the only way they can get hope is if you respond to them because you are accountable to them.
“I urge him to do everything he can to speed up the projects because the prices in the market are a problem and he has started to address that, which I am very happy about,” he said.
Said the governor, “Since I work in the Ministry of Construction, I know it’s a top priority for him. There’s no prize in this country that’s constant within 60 days, and since he’s started it, that means we’re definitely going to succeed.”
“I’m also here to thank him for the work he’s doing for the new seven universities, one of which is in my state. The president was kind enough to name the university after me. I am here to thank him. We also have interventions for the university.
“Before I could ask, the Executive Secretary had written a letter asking the university to submit a proposal. This is how it should be. Until now, you have to beg and wait, and the project of one year will take up to two years. It should not be like this. I am very satisfied with what they are doing for us and what they are yet to do for us,” he said.
In his response, the executive secretary praised the governor for the many changes he has brought to the state, adding that the governor has become a benchmark for measuring public service.
“I will dare to say that the governor of Ebonyi State is a governor that the whole country is proud of when they see the changes that have taken place in the state. We all know the status that the state has had in recent years, both in the Southeast and across the country. It’s one of the disadvantaged states in terms of infrastructure and educational facilities.
“But with the transformation we’ve seen under the leadership of its excellence, everyone has taken a cue from it. It has become a benchmark for measuring public service and even for delivering the dividend of democracy as it is captured,” he added.
He added that the president was impressed with the structure the governor had created in the new University of Medical Sciences.