Posted by Newsexpress | 3 December 2016 | 1,919 times
President Muhammadu Buhari will visit Ebonyi State in March, 2017 to inaugurate three flyover projects being constructed by the state government.
The three flyovers, being constructed on the Enugu-Abakaliki federal highway, is part of the trans-Saharan route to Cameroon.
Gov. David Umahi made the announcement on Friday during his inaugural visit to the permanent site of Ebonyi State University.
He said: “the projects are in their eight months of construction and they are expected to be completed by March to be inaugurated by the President Buhari.
“Despite the criticisms that initially trailed their construction, the flyovers will enhance our infrastructural well-being and save lives lost on the road.
“In realisation that this institution is situated few meters from the road, we constructed a pedestrian crossing at junction of the school due to deaths of students on the road.
“My wife witnessed an accident at the junction where two students were killed by a vehicle and we decided to construct the pedestrian crossing to forestall further loss of lives.”
The governor announced that a ‘boxed-house’ would also be constructed at the junction for the relaxation of the students while waiting to board buses to their various destinations.
“We have procured a 50-KVA solar-powered generator to ensure constant electricity supply at the junction to save lives,” he said.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Francis Idike, thanked the governor for the visit, saying it signifies great tidings for the institution.
“We will continue to provide academic excellence to the students and collaborate with the government to enhance the state’s educational sector,” he said.
Prof. Ndubisi Idenyi, Chairman of the University’s branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), also commended the governor for the visit.
He said that the governor had made `significant concessions’ since the last meeting the leadership of the union had with him.
“We however plead that you implement our 2013/14 promotions especially the professorial ones and grant us additional salary payment (13th month) paid to other categories of workers in the state,” he said.
•Adapted from a NAN report. Photo shows President Buhari.
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