The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the structuring of bail out funds in the sum of Four Hundred Million Naira (=400,000,000. 00) for Abia State University (ABSU).
This is in response to strong representations from the Management and Staff of the school, in the wake of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This bail out fund is expected to be applied by the University Management to meet basic financial obligations including but not limited to the payments of salaries of workers in the University.
According to a statement from
Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is mindful of the fact that the Abia State University has remained a strong model in resources management and maintenance of academic stability.
“The Governor notes, with pride that the University has, since the inception of his administration remained a signpost for excellence and service which has manifested in the consistent improvements in the rating of the University by independent assessment agencies in the country.
“The Governor notes further that the pandemic which took the entire globe by surprise has fundamentally altered the smooth academic environment in the University leading to obvious disequilibrum in their financial inflows.
“Governor Ikpeazu is of the firm belief that under the circumstances, the University is well deserving of this assistance from the State Government.
“Details of the structure of the bail out will be worked out between the officials of the State Government and the University Management Team.
“The Governor believes that this line of support, which is unprecedented in the history of the Institution will provide the needed impetus for the University to jump-start academic activities and continue to sustain her position in the nation’s academic environment.”