By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
Imo people on Wednesday turned down the recent establishment of new tertiary institutions in the state, by the outgoing administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Addressing a press conference on behalf of themselves and the people of the state, in Owerri, a group of former vice-chancellors of various universities in the country, noted that the creation of these
institutions was deliberately done to create bad blood between the people and the incoming administration in the state.
The vice-chancellors further believed that the passage of three bill by the state house o9f assembly, in two weeks establishing three universities, where there was no budgetary provisions for them is an
irresponsible act and a disservice to the people of the state, and posterity
According to them, to establish four additional universities in the state when the state is still owning it’s pensioners and paying it’s civil servants 70 per cent of their monthly salary show that the outgoing Governor was playing to the gallery and blatantly dishonest
The vice-chancellors who are, Prof. Jude Njoku former vice-chancellor of FUTO, Prof Ukachukwu A. Awuzie former vice-chancellor Imo State university Owerri, Prof. Obioma Iheduru former vice-chancellor .
Tansian University Umunya, Anambra state, prof I. Chuka Okonkwo, former vice-chancellor, Imo state university-Owerri, and Prof. Rev. Fr. P.A Ogbonna former director of admission, Imo State University
Owerri, therefore resolved that the in-coming administration, should
asset up a powerful committee to review the establishment of these
Further, the vice-chancellors, recommended that the school of nursing
and midwifery now at Ogboko the out-going governor’s home town, be
returned to its permanent site at Okpara in Orlu local government area
of the state.
They however, noted that in the past ten years, Imo state had average
of about 100,000 students in JAMB, thus coming first among all the
states in Nigeria, behaving that there should be a policy response to
this educational lacuna by the Imo government.
According to them, “this should not be in form of transforming
secondary schools overnight into universities”.
In their view, they said that more of these institutions can be built in the state through individuals corporate organizations and individuals if government creates enabling environment.
It would be recalled that few weeks to vacate office, the out-going Governor Rochas Okorocha announced on the whole, the establishment of ten new tertiary institutions in the state.