Ebonyi to spend $500m on EBSU
About $500 million would be spent on the development of Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki, the state Governor Chief Martins Elechi has said.
Elechi, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, at an event where educational materials were distributed, said since the government decided to collapse its multi-campus system into one, it had already started 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 inaugurated in the first quarter of this year, while work on two hostel blocks and another faculty block are in progress.
Meanwhile, lecturers of the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo, have suspended their one-week warning strike, which it started on Monday January 13.
Chairman Academic Staff Union of the college (COEASU), Mr Greg Esheye, said the strike was to highlight the grievances of the union against the state government.
The lecturers were protesting high taxes, failure of government to constitute the institution?s governing council, pay pension and gratuity to retired workers and raise their retirement age to 65.
According to him, the suspension is to give the government an opportunity to open up negotiations with the union.
?The union is committed to ensuring that the on-going industrial dispute is resolved amicably, that is why all the lecturers were back to deliver lectures.
?We are hopeful that with the suspension of the strike that government will act fast and open the channel of negotiation with leadership of the union to forestall an impending indefinite strike,? Esheye said.
Some students of the institution have called on the state government to start negotiations with the union to resolve all issues in the interest of industrial harmony.