Students of tertiary Institutions in the State have been assured that in the next four years, the Rescue Mission government will in addition to the free education programme, continue to strengthen all facets of the education sector, upgrade infrastructure in the State owned institutions as well as establish industries and factories that will employ Imo youths after graduation.
The Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha disclosed this while addressing students of all institutions of higher learning in the State under the aegis of National Union of Imo State Students during their solidarity rally to support his re-election as governor at the Freedom Square, Owerri.
Owelle Okorocha said if re-elected as governor in the February elections, he will introduce new policies that will boost academic performances and learning environment and as well improve on the welfare package of teachers in government owned schools.
He urged the students to support the continuity of his government for the consolidation of the good works already going on in the State as well as vote for all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming elections.
While advising them not to pay attention to political thugs with empty promises, the governor warned the students to desist from any act capable of damaging their future. “When I talked about free education in 2011 many people doubted me, that is how they doubt factory, industrialization of the State and creation of jobs and employment. But I will do as I said. I will not be satisfied until there are no more youths roaming the streets.”
The Imo Chief Executive said security is assured to ensure free and fair elections as he added, “I am concerned about making Imo better, so no one can rig this election; Imo people will secure their votes.”
Earlier, the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Chief Uche Nwosu and the Patron of Imo State Students charged the students to remain committed in the struggle to sustain the Rescue Mission government for the good of future generation adding that lots of youth empowerment programmes will be unfolded in due course.
Adding his voice, the Senior Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs, Mr. Godstime Samuel explained that the students converged in their numbers to demand for the 2nd term bid of Owelle Okorocha and the continued transformation of the education sector. He said the students are poised to stand against any form of rigging as he noted, ‘anybody who tries to rig, there is God ooo!
Speaking amidst the chanting of students; ‘no 2015 without Owelle,’ the President of the Students Union, Comrade Constance Chidera said they have resolved to vote 100% for Governor Okorocha for the sustenance of free education which she noted has brought relief to students and their families.