Yesterday, we reported that Gov.Rochas Okorocha called for additional Federal Universities in Imo State. This time around, according to this memo from the Government House, His Excellency has appealed to the Federal government to establish two more universities in Imo that will specialize on Energy and Agriculture.
He made the appeal when the Senate committee on Education led by Comrade Uche Chukwumereije paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Owerri. Governor Okorocha said that the University of Agriculture will go a long way in encouraging the agricultural practices in the state, while the University for Energy will help in putting the excess gas flare in the state to proper use. Governor Okorocha, urged the committee to remove the issue of federal character quota for admissions into federal universities to enable Imo indigenes secure admission to federal universities in the country, adding that priority should be given to the states that are more talented in education.
Adding that Imo was reputed to be the highest in the federation in the area of education, His Excellency noted that the state government had embarked on the construction of 305 Model Schools in the state as well as extended its free education programme to the state government owned tertiary institutions. Governor Okorocha also, disclosed that his administration has embarked on numerous developmental project in the state including construction of over one thousand (1,000) kilometer of road projects, construction of 27 general hospitals, construct ion of Presidential Lodge, Liaison office Abuja and Deputy Governor’s office among others and however stressed the need for federal government to increase its quota in educational budget to Imo state.
In his speech, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Comrade Senator Uche Chukwumerije expressed his satisfaction on the level of development he witnessed in Imo state, especially education upliftment and free education given to all Imo indigenes in the state. He also said that their main reason for coming was to fulfill their oversight functions to federal institutions in the state to enable the committee know their problems and channel it to appropriate quarters.