The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi has donated N40 Million for the construction of a Civil Engineering Workshop in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alikre, Ebonyi State.

The donation was a fulfillment of his promise in 2015, when the first Governing Council of the University led by Chief Engr. Anayo Onwuegbu paid him a courtesy call. The governor while receiving the Council, had advised the University to establish a Faculty of Engineering and Technology, and pledged to support the Faculty.

Rep. of the Governor of Ebonyi State presenting the N40M cheque to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba during the visit

Presenting the cheque to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba at his office recently, the Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Rural Development, Barr Samuel Okoronkwo, accompanied by the Commissioner of Education Rt. Hon. Sabinus Nwankwegu, Accountant General of the State, Mrs. Queen Agwu and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education, Professor Adaeze Nwuzor, noted that the fulfillment of the pledge was a testament of the Governor’s commitment to the promotion of quality education in the State.

He explained that the State Government would continue to support the University to attain higher academic heights, and used the opportunity to express his satisfaction on the infrastructural renaissance being witnessed in the University since the advent of the Vice-Chancellor in the helm of affairs.

VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba and members of the 2nd Governing Council of the University in a group photograph with the Governor’s representatives after the presentation of the Cheque

While expressing his gratitude to the Governor for living up to his words, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the idea of establishing the Faculty of Engineering and Technology in the University was first mooted by the Governor in 2015, adding that it was the catalyst for the eventual take-off of the Faculty in 2016.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed the commitment of the University towards running practical-oriented engineering programmes geared towards ensuring that students acquire relevant functional knowledge to be globally competitive on graduation. He also used the opportunity to call on other individuals and private organizations within and outside the State to support the realization of the vision of the University to become a world-class Centre of learning and research.

As a show of appreciation, the Vice-Chancellor directed that the opening statement of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Handbook should state that it was the Governor that encouraged the University to establish the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.

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