The latest pronouncement, by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, in respect of the contentious issue of relocating Imo State University (IMSU) from Owerri Zone to Ideato in Orlu Zone is commendable.
On his return from his overseas tour, the governor told Imo people that the Ideato site would now be used for Imo European University while IMSU will be relocated somewhere within Owerri Zone.
According to him, government would welcome any community willing to provide land for IMSU permanent site.
The pronouncements, seen as victory for fair play, common sense and equity, finally put to rest the prolonged tug-of-war over the state’s only university.
The issue, before now, had potentialities to inject disharmony into the state.
We make haste, however, to advise that the university should remain in its present site. A large expanse of land these days does not make a university more than the quality of education it offers. At least, some universities in Europe and other advanced countries have taught us this.
Money meant for structures for the new site should rather be used to provide adequate equipment and facilities that are lacking in the university for accreditation purposes. There is really no cogent reasons other than parochial for the movement of IMSU from its present site.
Again, we advise the governor to consult widely before taking decisions on very sensitive matters in order to avoid policy somersaults that do the administration’s image no good.
The governor has done well to calm the rising tide and, having warmed himself into the hearts of many Imolites, deserves the cooperation of all and sundry in his rescue mission.