The governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi on Wednesday solicited a takeoff grant for the King David University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi.
The governor made the request during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Sonny Echono.
“We are soliciting for takeoff fund, we have sunk over N80b in that university. If it is done by any other agency, I am sure that N150b cannot do it. I am not boasting about that,” he said.
He also stated that his reason for the visit was to congratulate the Executive Secretary for the new job which was based on his exemplary job to the country, adding that his appointment as TETFund boss would bring huge transformation to the Fund.
“I am here to congratulate my brother for the job he has done for the country and to thank him for his exemplary public service. Whenever you call him he picks and it is not because I am governor. Ordinary people are passing through a lot of challenges and if they can’t get at least they should get hope the only way they can get hope is when you respond to them because you are answerable to them.
“I say to him to do everything he can to fast track projects because of the issue of prices in the market and he has started to address that and I am very happy about that. Having worked in the ministry of works, I know it is top priority for him. There is no price that is constant in this country within the period of 60 days so since he has started, it means we will definitely succeed.
Responding, the Executive Secretary commended the governor and said president Muhammadu Buhari 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 did 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 immortalize him to set up an example for other governors to emulate. Our country will grow and develop if people commit themselves to serve the way he has done. We remain proud of his service.
“Besides the university, we are taking over, recall that the federal government is establishing a college of education in Ebony as well as a Federal Technical College within the last few years. We are complementing what we call performance base. As you do well, we also complement you to do better. That is the paramount shift,” he said.
The TETFund Boss promised to work with the governor to ensure that the state, as well as the country, benefit from the new university.
Reporting by Ayo Charles, editing by Daniel Adejo