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Group demands relocation of ESUT College of Medicine to Nsukka

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Media professionals under the aegis of Nsukka Journalists Forum (NJF), has called on State gov­ernment to ensure the immediate establishment of a full-fledged state university to be known as University of Adada in Nsukka to help tackle the developmental challenges of the zone.

The , made up of indig­enous journalists from the zone, also demanded that a campus of State University of Science and Technology () be sited in Nsukka in conformi­ty with the original plan for a multi-campus university as well as emphasised the imperative of relocating School of Agriculture to Uzo Uwani, since the School of Agri­culture, Iwolo, has been upgrad­ed to a polytechnic.

This was contained in a com­munique issued and signed by the chairman of the forum, Prof Nick Idoko, after the ’s inaugural one-day summit at the Jerry Mariot Hotel, Nsukka, to consider issues of importance and proffer solutions to challeng­es facing the zone.

Also, among their was that the of Medicine be relocated to Nsukka while TTC Nsukka should be converted to a college of educa­tion.

The meeting, the first of its kind in the history of the zone, assessed challenges in infra­structure, education, environ­ment, potable water, sanita­tion, healthcare, agriculture, industrialisation, information, communication and technology, media and public communication and adopted modalities towards addressing the concerns.

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NJF decried the infrastruc­tural decay, poor road network, high level of unemployment of the abundant human resources, and the grinding poverty that pervades the zone.

“We note with concern that the Nsukka cultural zone is still in the doldrums of structural and organic marginalisation and call on all relevant stakeholders to close ranks and unfold strategic action plans aimed at conscien­tising and mobilising the people to take their destinies in their own hands,” the communique reads.

The group expressed readiness to partner with the Federal Gov­ernment, Enugu State govern­ment and other relevant inter­national development agencies toward the overall development of the zone.

“Nsukka cultural zone is one phenomenally powerful food basket of the nation and even in West Africa and Africa, and we emphasise the need for collabo­ration with the federal and state governments for the revival of ADARICE at Uzo-Uwani area of Nsukka.

“We would speak truth to power at all times and would through persuasive counsel show the way forward. We will take the lead in the convocation of a formidable Umunkanka Town Hall Conclave, where NJF would engage political leaders, leaders of thought, traditional rulers, the intelligentsia, and other private/ public sector chieftains, includ­ing Nsukka personalities in the Diaspora, on issues of culture, patriotism, accountability, perfor­mance, youth empowerment, and proffer wise advice on several de­velopmental matters for optimal outcomes.

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“We express readiness to partner with international devel­opment agencies, foreign insti­tutions, and donor organisations for capacity building, training and development projects toward the overall development of the Nsukka cultural zone. We em­phasise the need to adopt rele­vant information communication technologies to drive processes towards innovative development in the zone,” the communique further read.

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