Imo State is to benefit from a program that would train thousands of students while offering them a guaranteed employment in the fields of hotel management and tourism. Already Governor Rochas Okorocha has approved an MOU signed with the Miami-Dade University in Florida for the take off of the program to be sited in the Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, and the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS).
Speaking while witnessing the signing ceremony in Florida, Gov. Okorocha said the action was part of a comprehensive plan to re-position the state as a tourism destination and give the youths more opportunities to secure their future and get them off the streets. He said the construction of three five star hotels in Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe, which would help develop and open up the new cities, would provide employment opportunities for youths who would graduate from the institution. “At the moment, Owerri lack standard hotels and no city can truly develop without five star hotels that would attract foreigners and impact positively on the local economy”. Gov. Okorocha stated that students should be given the opportunities to broaden their skills and education away from the traditional curriculum that emphasizes on office oriented jobs. “we are endowed by God as a hospitable people and must take advantage of this blessing to move our state forward. I am satisfied that this institution will help us achieve our goals of first class service in our first class hotels in a first class city that Owerri would soon become”.
The MOU which had already received the endorsement of former American President Jimmy Carter when he received Gov. Okorocha in his office commits the university to provide training to youths in various areas of hotel management and operation, including catering and customer service. President Carter had Carter earlier commended Gov. Okorocha for his achievements in education and poverty alleviation. The American leader spoke of his admiration for Gov. Okorocha,s people’s oriented projects urged him not to relent on his efforts to guarantee
the future of the youths. “I have closely watched the activities and achievements of this governor since he assumed power about 15 months ago and i am impressed at the spread of his work that has touched all areas, especially his free education policy to the university level”.