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We’ve spent over N80 billion on Ebonyi medical varsity; we need more

Mr Umahi on Wednesday solicited a takeoff fund for the university when he visited the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Fund.

• July 20, 2022
David Umahi (Credit: Aisha Buhari)
David Umahi (Credit: Aisha Buhari)

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi says over N80 billion has so far been expended on the establishment of King David University of Medical Sciences,  Uburu, in the state.

Mr Umahi, who was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in Abuja on Wednesday, solicited for a take-off fund for the university.

In May, President Muhammadu Buhari, during a visit to Ebonyi state, promised that the federal government would take over the university, which is the only University of Medical sciences in the state.

“We are soliciting for a take-off fund for the university, we have sunk over N80 billion in that university. If it is done by any other agency, I am sure that N150 billion cannot do it. I am not boasting about that,” Mr Umahi said.

Responding, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, commended the governor for the many transformations he had brought to the state, adding that the governor is a standard bearer for measuring public service.

He added that the president was impressed with the structure put in place by the governor in the new Medical Sciences university; with the provision of world class infrastructure which was why the president didn’t not hesitate to name the university after the governor.

“He graciously accepted the Federal Government to take it over, and there was no hesitation in naming it after him to immortalise him,” he said.

The TETFund boss promised to further work with the governor to ensure that the state, as well as the country benefit from the new university. 

(NAN)

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