The Uzo-Uwani Professionals Association (UZPA) has called on the Enugu State government to re-activate the Adada campus of the state university in line with the multi campus system recently passed into law by the state House of Assembly.
The Adada campus of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) was closed fifteen years ago in a bid by the then government of Chimaroke Nnamani to centralize the university structure in his native Agbani in Nkanu local government of the state in negation of the act establishing the institution.
At a press briefing in Abuja, The association President, Jonathan Eze said it has become imperative to call the attention of the state government to the suitability of the Adada campus following comments that the state government was undecided over the location of the Enugu North campus of the state university.
Eze, quoting from the letter the association wrote to the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said the people of Uzo-uwani local government where the adada campus is located consider it a mark of injustice against its people for the state to relocate the university campus. In his words: “We understand that following the restoration of the multi campus structure of the university by your government, three schools viz: Faculties of Medical Sciences, Agriculture and Social Sciences have been returned to Enugu North Zone. We are also aware that the state government will take advantage of the 400 bed specialist hospital which is currently under constructing in Igboano to host the proposed College of Medicine. That is commendable.
“It is on record that the original campus of the university in Enugu North is in Adada, and so it is naturally expected that the faculties of social sciences and Agriculture should suitably return to Adada from where it was forcibly relocated to Agbani. In the light of current development, the location of particularly the faculty of Agriculture will benefit from the following facilities which no other local government in the zone possesses.
1. The Forest Reserve of the defunct East Central State in Adada
2. The Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) of old Eastern Region
3. The Adada River/Dam
4. The Cattle Ranch
5 And the proximity of the Adarice World Bank project in Adani.
“However, we are taken aback that the state government is said to be undecided on the location of the faculties been restored to Enugu North. As we mentioned above, Adada is the original campus of the faculties of ESUT located in Enugu North Zone. Therefore, any shift of this original location is a grave injustice to the developmental aspirations of Uzo-Uwani people.
The UZPA also called the attention of the state government to poor infrastructural condition in the local government accusing the state government of lack of interest in the development of the area considered the food basket of the state. It called on the state government to consider the development of the local government a priority in line with his declaration of 2015.
Mr. Jonathan Eze
President, Uzo-Uwani Professionals Association (UZPA)