Imo State born entrepreneurs have been challenged to venture into establishing private universities in the state. Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, who gave the advice in Egbu during an interactive session with news men on the state of education in the State at the Bishop’s Court, Egbu ,Owerri North Local Government Area, Imo State wondered why business moguls in the state have not considered it a priority to set up of private universities in a state regarded as one of the most advantaged educationally in the Federation, with also the highest number of candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country.
He advised them to take after their counterparts from other parts of the country, especially those from the South west, and invest not only in the establishment of private universities but in industries that would impact positively on the people of the State.
He said they should also emulate the efforts of the Primate of the Living Christ Mission, Daddy Hezekiah, for blazing the trail at establishing the first recognized private university in the state.
The Anglican Prelate decried the proliferation of hotels in the State, whose sponsors claim they have enough raw materials in the State’s young daughters in secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. He bemoaned situation where Owerri the state capital alone has over 300 hotels, which he said were capable of creating safe havens for criminals adding that the attendant social vices and criminalities were more damaging to the State economy and tourist industry.
He posited that the establishing of private universities in the state cannot be over emphasized as it would provide accommodation for the myriads of Imo sons and daughters seeking admission for university education.
He appealed to entrepreneurs of Imo State origin to consider channeling their God given resources to other laudable ventures.