Enugu communities donate land for ESUT primary, secondary schools project

ESUT VC, Prof. Alloysius Michaels-Okolie, flanked the traditional ruler of Obe Community, Nkanu West LGA, Enugu State, HRH Igwe Stephen Nweke(right) and President General of Umueze Community, Chief Kingsley(left) after the two communities donated 30 plots of land for expansion of the university recently.

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The people of Obe and Umueze autonomous communities in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State, have donated additional 30 plots of land for the expansion of the main campus of the Enugu University of Science and Technology(ESUT). 

The land donation was done to accommodate the nursery, primary and secondary schools project of the university.

The leaders of the two communities, who spoke while signing a memorandum of understanding (mou) to hand over the land to the university, at the university’s main campus, Agbani, said the donation was made as a show of their support to the state governor, who the people believe had started well in tackling the challenges of the state.

According to the traditional ruler of Obe Community, HRH Igwe Stephen Nweke, the decision to cede the land to the university the newly established cordial relationship existing between the host communities and the university, which he said was made possible by the Vice Chancellor of ESUT, Prof. Alloysius Michaels-Okolie.

The monarch, who stated that the two communities had resolved to own the university in order to protect its property, said with the performance of the VC and the vision of Governor Peter Mbah for the state, nothing could be too much for them to do for the university that had brought development to the community.

Igwe Nweke however used the opportunity to request the university to review its  admission quota policy and school fees in favour of the indigenes of the host communities as other institutions do.

“Today, we are here to hand over the land documents which are owned by the Umueze and Obe communities for the establishment of ESUT Nursery, Primary and Secondary school to you and the management of ESUT. We’re here because we have seen a better approach in you than the past VCs.

Also, the President General of Umueze Community, Chief Kingsley commended the VC, Prof Okolie for his kind gesture to the host communities, assuring him of their unalloyed support.

“We’ll continue supporting you because you’re a good man. The university brought development in our area and we will make everything possible to protect it and ensure you succeed,” he said.

The VC, Prof. Okolie commended the community for donating the 30 plots of land to the university for Nursery, Primary and Secondary school, saying that the school is for their benefit.

He stated that every plan was to make sure that the host communities and others get the best education required to compete globally.

The VC disclosed that the management had secured the Afrihub apartment built in the institution to help train the students and others on Artificial Intelligence and as well provide them with needed skills that would help them establish on their own after school.

He however lamented the alarming rate at which vandals invade the institution and urged the two communities to protect the university property if they were ready to benefit from the growth of the university.

While announcing the employment of 10 security personnel from the two communities, he said, “The two communities have been backing ESUT in every aspect by supporting the government with lands to build ESUT and accepting to give out another land where Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools of the varsity will be built”.


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