Ebonyi State Government has said that a total of 500 million US dollars would be spent on the development of the State University (EBSU), Abakaliki.
The state governor, Chief Martin Elechi gave the figure during the flag-off ceremony of the distribution of 2013 instructional materials, assessment report booklets and commissioning of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) warehouse at the SUBEB headquarters in the state capital.
Represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, the governor stated that since the decision of government to run a single campus system as against the earlier proposed four-campus structure for the state university, the government had commenced massive infrastructural development of the permanent site at Ishieke, in collaboration with an American firm.
The governor announced that the administrative block and the office of the vice-chancellor would be commissioned by the first quarter of this year while work on two hostel blocks and another faculty block have been in progress.
He stated that the state government at inception of his administration in 2007, assured Ebonyians of qualitative education of the children and stressed that a lot had been done in the realisation of that objective.
The state, he said, constructed 31 boarding schools and established three new technical colleges in the state.
The governor also promised that the issue of accessing of funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja, would be addressed soon by the payment of the state’s counterpart funds, saying that the state would not leave any fund un-accessed from UBEC.
The Acting Chairman of SUBEB, Mrs. Perpetua Elom, stated that through the state government’s funding, in collaboration with UBEC and Education Trust Fund (ETF), Ebonyi SUBEB was able to construct 345 classroom blocks, renovated 69 classroom blocks, procured 29,302 sets of school furniture, provided 140,902 text books, procured library, computers and intro-tech equipment and training of 40,209 teachers, in addition to employment of 2000 tutorial and 200 non-tutorial staff.