Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha recently described Imo State as the “headquarters of education in Nigeria”, a claim he justified by revealing that over 95,000 qualified Imo citizens could not gain admission in Nigerian Universities last academic year.
He then made a passionate appeal to the Federal government to establish more Federal Universities in Imo State to enhance the chance of Imo indigenes gaining admission into such institutions as he alleged that Imo indigenes find it difficult to gain admission into Federal Universities.
In his remarks during a courtesy call on him by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Ezenwa Nyeson Wike, the governor explained that his administration made free-education a cardinal scheme as he believed that the best legacy to bequeath to children is education hence he commended the federal government for giving education priority in this year’s budget adding that such was consistent with his administration’s policy on education.
The Minister of State stated they had visited to request for land for the building of a federal special school for the training of those who could go to school at early stages of their lives.
He explained that the programme is aimed at moulding Nigerian children who are traders and artisans and unwilling to go back to school.
The junior Minister therefore requested the governor to facilitate the allocation of land to the Ministry with the necessary certificate of occupancy (C of O) to avoid encroachment as they intend to take off immediately.