Activist demystifies Okorocha’s free education programme

The free education programme of  Governor Rochas Okorocha’s rescue mission government has been described as a hoax and an attempt to deceive Imo people.
An activist and public opinion molder from Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, Chief Godson Onyemobi, who spoke recently to newsmen in Owerri, said that he discovered that students of Imo State extraction in Imo State University (IMSU), Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo and the School of Nursing owned by Imo State are made to pay acceptance fees of N74,000 and N40,000 respectively on gaining admission.
He said that, thereafter, they are made to pay between N200,000 to N300,000 before they graduate.
Chief Onyemobi, also known as God Father, therefore, asked to know where the much talked about free education is coming from when virtually all the state schools in the state are in comatose.
He further alleged that a certain percentage of workers’ salaries was being deducted to fund the so-called free education. “Does this not tantamount to robbing Paul to pay Peter or to say the least deceit at its best,” he queried.
Chief Onyemobi is of the opinion that it would have been appropriate to ask parents and guardians to pay a token of N30,000 per session or give the students bursary allowance to pursue their education than to tell Imo people that the students of Imo State in higher institutions are enjoying free education when they are forced to pay for gaining admission and when they are about leaving the institution.
He said that the authorities of IMSU and other institutions usually defend the government that no such payments, but the students continue to complain.

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