BUDGETS N7.9 MILLION FOR RENOVATION OF SCHOOLS IN EBONYI STATE
Government of Ebonyi State has given financial succour to over 91 foreign patients who are in critical health conditions and finding it extremely difficult to foot their hospital bills. The Governor of the state, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, donated N1.5 million to the patients on Wednesday, 31st July 2019 at the Executive Chambers, Government House, Abakaliki. This was done after swearing in new members of Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB). He further expressed deep sympathy for the patients and urged the Executive members to also make their donations respectively, to save the patients’ lives.
“On behalf of the state, I donate N1 million naira and equally donate N500,000 naira on behalf of my family. So, you the Exco members are left to make your individual donations to save the lives of those patients from other states. ”
Governor Umahi disclosed the age bracket of the patients saying that they are Non-indigenes who are seeking financial assistance to enable them regain their normal health status. He said:
“The patients, numbering over 91, are indigenes of different states which include Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Abia, Cross-River, Edo, Enugu, Imo and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Abuja.”
“The conditions of the patients, though, from other states, have really touched me and I want their state Governors to be touched as well. ”
Among other Exco members, the Special Assistant to Ebonyi State Governor on Religion and Welfare Matters, Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham Chukwuma Nwali, who donated N500,000 naira, revealed that 10 indigenous children are presently having an accumulated bill of N36 million naira. Meanwhile, other Executive members and Local Government Chairman made donations worth millions of naira to save the situation.
In reference to the educational system in the country, Governor Umahi said about N7.9 million naira will be used to renovate schools in Ebonyi State within the next 3 months. He mentioned three schools selected by his administration for special and vocational purposes, which include; Government Secondary School, Afikpo, Presco Secondary School, Abakaliki and Ezza High School, Onueke. The Governor also stated clearly that only pupils who are able to make up to 90% in the general common entrance examination will be admitted into these schools.
The Governor, on the other hand, congratulated the new members of UBEB. He, however, advised them to work very hard and always monitor and supervise the schools under their jurisdictions, reminding them that his administration has no room for idle persons especially his second term appointees.
By Udo Akam-Alo