Don’t Abandon Free Education In Imo State, Okorocha Urges Ihedioha

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Imo Governor, Emeka Ihedioha (right) receiving his Certificate of Return on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at the INEC Headquarters in Owerri, Imo State.

By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri

 

As part of his passion for education and development, the outgoing Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has pleaded with the incoming administration of Chief Emeka Ihedioha not to abandon the free education programme run in the state.

Governor Okorocha made the plea at the Government House Owerri said that the establishment of more universities, polytechnics and colleges of education by his administration was informed by the need to provide opportunities for the teeming youths  of the state seeking admissions into institutions of Higher learning.

According to him, “Despite the growing demand for university  education in Imo, our children which number stood at over  270,000, the majority of who  were unable  to pay school fees before I came in, I courageously took the bull by the horns  to ensure that our children go to school  by establishing  more universities, polytechnics and colleges  of education  that are  tuition  free”.

The governor further noted that the 12 higher institutions he recently established has reduced the level of crime in the state while promoting literacy among the youths.

 

Apart from establishing more institutions of higher learning  through Public Private Partnership (PPP) the governor said that provision of infrastructure and basic amenities  of life had continued to receive impetus by  his  administration, adding that he had made solid arrangement  for the sustenance of free education in the state after his tenure.

 

He commended  the state House of Assembly for coming up with enabling laws for the establishment of  these higher institutions of learning   which included  Imo State university of Agriculture and Environment sciences, Ahiara Polytechnic at Mbaise, Ehime Polytechnics and Bishop Shanahan Polytechnic at Ehime and Orlu respectively adding that the Imo State Polytechnic  Umuagwo had been elevated to university of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

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