The Abia State Polytechnic, Aba (Abia Poly) has been converted to a University by the State government.
Two other institutions namely; Abia State College of Education and the Abia State College of Health Sciences and Management were also converted into universities in the State following the approval by the State House of Assembly.
In a press release by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, the decision to convert the institutions to universities was taken during the Abia State Executive Council Meeting chaired by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government House, Umuahia, on Tuesday.
With the decision, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, becomes Abia State University of Science and Technology, Abia State College of Education, Arochukwu, becomes Abia State University of Education, and Abia State College of Health Sciences and Management Studies is now Abia State University of Health Science and Management Studies, Aba.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the Executive Council also approved the division of Abia State Ministry of Education into Ministry of Basic Education and Ministry of Post Basic Education.
The statement also added that the “Exco directed the expedition of procurement processes for the establishment of Abia State Automated Garment factory, Aba, with more than 500 new jobs expected at take off in December 2021
“The council reviewed and approved further release of funds for the new Government House project in Umuahia to ensure realization as scheduled
“The Council directed the expeditious completion of work at the new JAAC building in Umuahia
“The council approved valuation of outstanding work at Ohobo Afara Housing estate and private public partnership arrangement to complete and allocate the buildings to Abians.
“The council approved the renaming of two Technical Schools in the state as follows: Boys Technical College, Aba, now to be known as Government Technical College, Aba, and Secondary Technical College, Afara, now to be known as Government Technical College, Afara
“The council approved funding for fortifications, remodeling and completion of work at the Mother & Child Specialist Hospital, Umuahia.
“The council approved the award of the following contracts: Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of 9 nos of roads in Umuahia.
“The executive Council meeting approved Upgrade of Umuahia Township Stadium in Umuahia LGA by Aron Nigeria Limited.”
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