ABSG Shuts Down 197 Private Schools, Over 8000 Patients Benefit From Free Medical Services So Far

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The Abia State government has shut down 197 private schools in the State for operating below mimimum standard.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu stated this while briefing journalists on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council meeting. He said that the closure of the schools was in line with the determination of the government to reform the education sector. Prince Kanu made it public that about 900 schools have so far been inspected in the ongoing school inspection exercise.

“The inspection of schools is ongoing and as at the last count, about 900 schools have been inspected. A few of the schools are not so lucky, they failed the test of the required standards and they were shut down.”

He equally said that the government has directed the staff of ASUBEB to relocate from the office explaining that, “just last week, as a proactive government ,staff of ASUBEB were evacuated from that building because the integrity of that building, the structure was suspicious” He added that government was doing everything possible to provide a permanent solution to that development.

The Information boss said, apart from the six roads already reconstructed and commissioned in Aba by Governor Alex Otti, additional three roads would soon be ready for commissioning while the Ministry of Works has been directed to effect repairs on Fimbars road and the deplorable axis along Ahiaeke – Lodu Ndume-Umuafai road all in Umuahia.

On the health sector, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo disclosed that over eight thousand Abians have so far accessed free medicarel under the ongoing free medical services offered by the State government.

She said government in a bid to enhance the capacity of cottage hospital in Abayi, Aba is retrofitting the facility and assured that it would soon be reopened for public use as work was seriously ongoing

Responding to questions on the recent appointment of Transition Committee Chairmen in the State, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Uzor Nwachukwu said that the names contained therein are trusted individuals, who are capable of managing the various LGAs in the State.

“What Dr. Alex Otti wants to do with the. Local Government administration is unprecedented in the history of this State. And for the first time, our people would witness massive development in every Local Government”

He further announced that the list of the Transition Committee councillors would soon be published adding that their tenure would last in line with the law.