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Ugwuanyi moves College of Education (Technical), approves N250m to effect relocation

Enugu State Government has approved the release of N250 million for the relocation of College of Education (Technical), Enugu, to Ihe in Awgu Local Government Area of the state.

The state government also reiterated its desire to upgrade the college to a full-fledged University of Education.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi made the disclosure in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, in Enugu.

The governor, who announced the approval of the fund when he met with stakeholders from the area, said that it would serve as initial take-off grant for the relocation, Ugwuanyi said that the move to upgrade the school was to fully serve the training needs of teachers in the state and beyond.
The proposed permanent site is on the old 17-hectare Teacher Training College, Ihe, and an adjoining 110 hectares of land voluntarily donated by the host community.

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He added that the relocation was meant to develop the area which was regarded as one of the most backward and neglected in the state.
According to him, it was in the interest of the state government to reverse the infrastructure neglect which had continued to hinder the growth of the area.

“I am confident that in a couple of months, the economy of Awgu will pick up when social services and infrastructure that were hitherto lacking are fully in place,” he said.
Earlier, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said that he would continue to explore the possibility of extending the Federal Government’s presence in the area.

Ekweremadu said that efforts were on for the rehabilitation of the Agbogugu-Ihe-Owelli-Ogugu road to create an access road to the new school. Toby Okechukwu, representing the area at the Federal House of Representatives, said that he had facilitated the cartographic survey of the proposed institution.
Okechukwu, chairman of the House Committee on Works, said he did this through the offices of the Surveyor-General of the Federation and its counterpart in Enugu State.

 

Regis Anukwuoji, Enugu

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