“Insufficient funding forced us to do this”.- Prof. Ike Ndolo
“Schools should not depend on government for everything” – Senator Ike Ekweremmadu
ESUT Trust Fund Committee appeals to individuals, governments, corporate organizations, and ESUT alumni to support them during a launching a ten billion naira project.
Giving the opening remark, the Chairman, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu noted that it is only in this country that Nigerians want the government to do everything for them, he said in western countries the government doesn’t fund everything for schools. The Senator also stressed that schools should not totally depend on the government for everything in school. And that Schools should fund themselves.
Prof. Ike Ndolo S. the chairman of the ESUT Trust Fund in an interview with journalists said he has seen that government cannot provide all the things the school needed that is why they initiated the idea of N10 billion fundraising for some infrastructural development. The Chairman said that they have some uncompleted projects which are needed to be put in place.
Outlining the needs of the School, Prof Ike said, these projects include: “the completion of Professors/Staff Quarters, completion of Student Hostels, a School of Communications, provision of recreational facilities, Football Pitch, Hockey Pitch, Swimming Pool, Basketball Court, Tennis Court and Badminton Court with all the associated equipment, fencing the entire university landscape, senate building, completion of two new faculty buildings, and endowment of chairs in departments and others.” He stated that they want to make one digit university community by moving the Enugu campus to Agbani, the main campus.
When asked whether the state government is not financing the school and why the school has decided to take to launching to make available such infrastructures as Senate Building, Faculty buildings, school of communications, chairs and the rest, he however, admitted that ESUT has been receiving subvention from the government but that it is not enough.
“These problems must be addressed if the University is to be repositioned and reengineered to be one of the best in the African continent. These aids will help not only to provide efficiency, effectiveness, and practical education but will broaden the financial base needed to address critical sectors of the University’s infrastructural development.”
Senator Ike Ekweremmadu opened the launching with the sum of N10 million. He urged individuals to donate heavily that no EFCC will sue them.
Senator Anyogu Eze pledged N1 million to ESUT Trust Fund and other personalities who graced the launching donated including the ESUT Staff.
Article by Franklin Nnamele