By Ruth Oginyi
Offerekpe Village, in Izzi’s local government area of Ebonyi state, has donated 58.32 hectares of land to the State Government for the establishment of the ICT, Science, and Technology Oferekpe Agbaja Izzi Ebonyi state.
The establishment of the new varsity in the state was to further strengthen the Ebonyi state educational sector, create employment, and the overall development of the State,
The state Governor, Engr. David Umahi conceived the Ebonyi State University of ICT, Science, and Technology.
He submitted a bill for the establishment of the university in Izzi Land which was passed into law by the State House of Assembly and was assented to the law by the Governor on December 23, 2021.
In a letter jointly signed by the leadership of Offerekpe Village including Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, Development Union President, HRH Eze Emmanuel N. Nwojiji, Traditional Ruler, Agbaja Community, Chief David Nwankwo Alo, Chief Anthony Nwazufu Egbe, Anthony Nwigwe Nworie, Village Head (Offerekpe Agbaja), Peter Nwamkou Mbam, Village Head (Nduofutu Offerekpe Agbaja), Ferdinand Onuku Mbam, Village Head (Ojiegbe Offerekpe Agbaja) and John Ije Nwavuta, Village Head (Igwekaenyim Offerekpe Agbaja), and dated January 3, 2022, and presented to the Governor during a Christian Homage by the people of Izzi on Monday, they handed over their 58.32 hectares of land to Ebonyi State Government for the establishment of the Ebonyi State University of ICT, Science, and Technology Oferekpe Agbaja.
They assured the government of their support to ensure the success of the University.
The letter read in parts: “Following these magnificent strides by your Government and uncommon love for our people, we the stakeholders and the entire people of Offerekpe Agbaja in Izzi Local Government Area of Eboni State, wish to officially hand over to Ebonyi State Government, a 58.32 hectares of land for the siting of the above-
“It is our firm resolution that in all your policies and plans for Ebonyi State, we
will always come first in obeying your directives, in the promise that this giant
institution to be built in our village will be taken good care of, in all ramifications.
“Your Excellency, as we thank you immensely for this show of love, please
accept our warmest regards and assured commitment to your Government.”
In response, the Governor commended the Izzi nnodo clan for the donation to the state government while assuring them of his commitment to ensure that the university is developed before the end of his administration.