From Angela Mbaocha, Abakaliki
Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, has described the continued strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as unreasonable.
Umahi who stated this yesterday during a live broadcast at the New Government house complex, Abakaliki, noted that academic University staff would receive their salaries at the end of the strike action while parents and students will suffer the outcome of strike.
He said, “ASUU strike is becoming unreasonable. The parents and children are the ones being punished. Everything is by negotiation, we must try to be reasonable and not to always stick to our guns. We must have to waive some of our rights in this nation for the country to move forward”.
Umahi also directed the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Cletus Ofoke to institute a legal action against the Presbyterian Joint Hospital Uburu to account for the intervention funds released to them by the past administration.
He accused the hospital of diverting the funds instead of using it to upgrade the hospital, adding that the mission hospital fraudulently used the funds to establish a private university outside the state.
It would be recalled that the state government had last month took over the administration of the mission hospital after the expiration of the 100 years lease given to the hospital by the Uburu community in Ohaozara local government area of the state.
Umahi reiterated that the state government spent the sum of N4b in the construction of the hospital and that the government was moved to handover the hospital to alleviate the bed space problem of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, adding that he was moved to handover the hospital when he visited the health institution and saw the condition of some patients who had to sleep on bare-floor and on benches after they had been discharged.
Umahi also assured that he would complete most of the ongoing projects in the state before he hands over in 2023.