During the recent interactive session with leaders of Oru West LGA in Government House, Owerri, Gov. Rochas Okorocha reiterated that his administration was investing heavily on education to secure a brighter future for Imo children.
He maintained that available statistics had indicated that education remained the biggest industry in the state.
In the Governor’s words:
“…We are investing heavily on education because it has remained the biggest industry for us in the state. Also, as a responsible government, we must ensure that we secure a brighter future for our children through free, compulsory and quality education”
Governor Okorocha further enumerated the achievements in the education sector to include free education to the tertiary level, improved subvention of N252 million to Imo State University from N56 million, improved subvention of N98 million to Imo State Polytechnics’, Umuagwo from N45 million, construction of Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies [ICAPS], Young Scientist College and 305 European standard schools in the state. He further disclosed that the state government would soon take delivery of 15 container loads of school uniforms, sandals, desks, books and other learning materials that will be freely distributed to school children under the free education programme.
Similarly, governor Okorocha has promised to partner with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board [JAMB] in its proposed Information Technological Institute. He expressed that such partnership becomes necessary considering the fact that Imo has always led other states in the education sector in the country. The governor stated this when the management of JAMB led by the Chief Registrar/CEO, Prof. Diobu Ojerinde paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Owerri and urged the body to consider Imo as priority state as it has continued to record the highest number of applicants seeking admission into tertiary institutions.