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The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has again insisted that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari had allegedly named the University of Medical Sciences in Uburu, Ebonyi State after him.
Governor Umahi had made this announcement on Thursday during a visit to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Executive Secretary, Sonny Echono, in Abuja.
The Governor noted that the University gulped more than ₦80billion and solicited for a take-off fund.
“We have sunk over ₦80billion. If it is done by any other agency, I am sure that N150 billion cannot do it.”
Umahi said his visit was to congratulate Echono on his promotion and public service.
“I am also here to thank him for the work he is doing in the new seven universities, one of which is in my State.
“The President graciously named the university after me. I am here to say thank you to him”, NAN quoted him saying.
But there is no record or confirmation that the Nigerian leader made such a pronouncement.
Findings by The Eastern Updates have revealed that during his visit to Ebonyi on May 6, the President referred to the school as “the University of Medical Sciences”.
“I have decided to accept the offer of your government to take over the University of Medical Sciences.
“The process is on hand and will be concluded soon”, Buhari said during his speech.
However, the “David Nweze Umahi University of Medical Sciences” appellation was approved by the House of Assembly.
The State government announced the change of name in a Facebook post on June 11 after the governor attended the first matriculation ceremony.
A note on the institution’s website also says it was the legislature that took the decision to honour Umahi.
“The University was named after the Governor of Ebonyi State by the House of Assembly, in recognition of the Governor’s unprecedented infrastructural development and exemplary leadership”, it reads.
Some States in the country immortalize sitting governors despite the use of public funds for projects.