The Ebonyi State Executive Council has received a report of the committee on the draft of the bill for law to establish the University of Aeronautic Engineering in Ezza South LGA, and University of ICT, Science and Technology in Izzi Local Government Area.
The State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji, disclosed this while briefing journalists after the executive council meeting, in Abakaliki.
He said that the executive council considered the report and approved the draft bill and therefore directed that it be forwarded to Ebonyi State House of Assembly for necessary legislative processes.
In a similar development, the State government has proposed to establish chemical pathology, hematology, blood bank, microbiology and others in the King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state.
Orji said that the executive council received a report on partnership proposal between the state government and SYNLAB Ltd, whereof, there will be a Public Private Partnership (PPP) ownership of the chemical pathology, hematology, blood blank, microbiology, among others, which would be established in the King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu by SYNLAB Limited.
He said that “under the proposal, the state government shall be entitled to 10% of the gross profit to be made by company subject to upward review of 15% after 3 years.”
The Information Commissioner further said that executive council received a letter from the Secretary to the State Government/Coordinating Commissioner, Chief Kenneth Igwe Ugbala, notifying the council members that the nomination of the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Board, UBEB, Chief Hyacinth Ikpor for screening by Ebonyi State House of Assembly was in error.
The letter from the SSG, according to Orji, as the Chairman of UBEB, Chief Hyacinth Ikpor was only directed by Governor David Umahi to proceed on compulsory leave and not dissolved alongside the board members.
“Exco noted the action sought by the SSG and resolved that the nomination made to the House of Assembly be withdrawn and the Chairman of UBEB, Chief Hyacinth Ikpor be recalled to continue his tenure as Chairman of UBEB,” Orji added.
The Commissioner said the executive council further approved the nomination of Chief Sabinus Nwankwegu, Mr. Osuji Nwanne Onu, Mrs. Ofefe Lucy, Dr. Gabriel O. C. Udu, Mr. Nathaniel Metu, Princess Kate Elebe, Mrs. Grace Ngwu, Comrade Leonard Nkah, Mrs. Eucheria Offia Nwali, Adaeze Akochi and Mrs. Nnenna Otuonye as the members of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) subject to the confirmation by the State House of Assembly.