The Imo State Government has decided to extend its free education programme to non indigenes studying in the Imo State University (IMSU).
The State Governor, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, made the pronouncement while commissioning the N150 million, ultra modern Owunna Recreation Park built by Prof. Owunna in the school premises.
He ordered the university authorities to stop the collection of acceptance fees from students but made it clear that any student whose commulative grade point aggregate (CGPA) is not up to 1.5 in a semester will be disqualified from the free education programme.
He further advised the management to agree on certain amounts for other charges such as law dinner, identify card, medical charges, examination charges and the like, stressing that lecturers should desist from selling handouts.
The governor said that free education in the state has helped to reduce societal ills, adding that the programme was not political. He advised students to shun indecent dressing and expressed the willingness of the government to provide conducive learning environment for them.
IMSU Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, thanked Mazi Clement Owunna and the university council for rejuvenating the park which he said would stimulate socio-psychological psyche of users.
He said that the 7th Governing Council had sought for a transportation of the campus to create requisite atmosphere for teaching and learning, after its inaugural meeting that assessed the situation of the school.
Speaking, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Mazi Clement Owunna, said that the council had determined to bring back the lost glory of the university.
According to him, the board members “agreed to put their money where their mouth is” by conceptualizing and building the park for positive impact on the students and staff.