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.