The Federal Government has announced plans to take over the management of the University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ebonyi State, as a Federal Medical University.
A statement by Femi Adesina, Presidential spokesman said, President Muhammadu Buhari made the pronouncement at a state dinner in his honour on Thursday, in response to a request by Governor Dave Umahi on the University located in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the State.
He told the people of Ebonyi that the process for the change of ownership of the University is on and ‘‘will be concluded soon.’’
Speaking on the request by the State governor to buy airport equipment valued at N10 billion, the President, promised to find out the position of the Ministry of Aviation regarding that.
He also thanked the State government for the honour of naming the State International Airport and magnificent 4-way Light Tunnel after him.
Buhari expressed confidence that these facilities and many more will further the frontiers of economic development in Ebonyi State in particular and the nation at large.
”Thank you for keeping faith with our administration’s development programmes and the manifestoes of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.
The President recounted that the last time he visited the State in 2017 in the 2nd quarter of the first tenure of Governor Umahi’s administration, he had witnessed ”the commencement of mind-blowing projects”.
”I saw in Governor Umahi a strong desire to change the narrative of the State and meet the aspirations of the founding fathers.
”I was enthused by Your Excellency’s vision to create the needed environment and raise the economic status of the State.
”I remember with pleasure, the hospitality that I received, how I was given a Chieftaincy title as ‘Enyioha 1 of Ebonyi State’ and ‘Ochioha 1 of South East’ by the Traditional Rulers of Ebonyi State and South-East respectively,’’ he said.