An appeal has gone to Gov. Anayo Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to quickly review his free education policy in tertiary institutions to make it beneficial to indigent students for which it was targeted.
Making the appeal, an Owerri-based Surveyor, Surv. Elias Ejiofor-Egu, said this was necessary as politicians have hijacked the limited admission vacancies in the two benefiting institutions and selling same to highest bidders on to their wards and relatives.
The problem, he said, is that admission seekers now “scramble for placement in the Imo State University and Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo because the government is offering N100,000 and N80,000, respectively, as subsidy to fees in these institutions.
As a result, many candidates jostle for the limited spaces available, thereby, making it difficult for the indigent ones to obtain admission.
Surv. Ejiofor-Egu, therefore, suggested that the free education should be converted into bursary and spread to all Imo Students in every higher institution within or outside the state.
According to him, the N100,000 could take care of five students who could be given bursary of N20,000 each.
“Politicians are pushing their children into the institutions, leaving out the poor who have no godfathers to get admissions for them”, he said, adding that it was not the original plan of the governor who meant it as a philanthropic gesture to the people of Imo State.
He continued, “I am appealing to the authorities to listen to the voice of reason to make it go round. What is the gain to the poor if his (governor’s) lieutenants hijack the thing for their wards”?
The surveyor, who retired from the services of the Federal Government, also advised people to always help themselves and not to depend heavily on the government in certain needs in their communities.