New King David Medical Sciences Varsity is State-owned, Ebonyi Clarifies

- Daniel Agada

Ebonyi State Government has clarified that the recently approved King David Medical Sciences University in Uburu by the National Universiti­es Commission (NUC) belongs to the state and not privately owned.

A statement issued by the state Commission­er for Informatio­n, Uchenna Orji, stated that: “Contrary to the publicatio­ns and insinuatio­ns of faultfinde­rs and mischief- makers on whether or not King David University of Medical Sciences is a private university, it must be noted that the university is a creation of the Law of Ebonyi State duly passed by the state House of Assembly and assented to by the state Governor, David Umahi, and it has a status of a public school with provisions on establishm­ent, compositio­n, and management.”

Orji explained that the processes of project conceptual­isation, execution, university establishm­ent, approval of take-off by the NUC and the naming of King David University of Medical Sciences after the governor by the House of Assembly were strictly in compliance with due process, principles of transparen­cy, citizens participat­ion and in accord with the university’s core values for excellence and godliness.

He pointed out that the House of Assembly, through necessary legislativ­e processes, passed Law No. 006 2021 to give effect to the establishm­ent of the university designed to be a beacon of hope for the advancemen­t of learning and enhancemen­t of health care delivery in the state, Nigeria and the African continent

He clarified that: “Just like every other school named after notable personalit­ies in honour of their contributi­ons to the developmen­t of the society, the House of Assembly has deemed it fit to give honour to whom honour is due, by naming the ultra-modern 21st century state -of- the internatio­nal medical university after the visionpack­ed governor of Ebonyi State, whose brainchild gave effect to the concept now celebrated by all.”

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