The Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas
Okorocha has fulfilled his major campaign
promise to the people of Imo State by issuing
cheques of 100,000 naira each to
undergraduates of Imo State University who
are indigenes of the State.
Also in the list of those who were paid includes
students of Imo State polytechnic Umuagwo who
received the sum of 80,000 naira each and the
students of College of Heath Science and
Technology Amaigbo, who received the sum of
60,000 naira each.
In a speech at the ceremony tagged ‘Investment
for the Future’, held at the Heros square, Owerri
today, Governor Okorocha said that the day’s
event should go down in history as “the greatest
moments of his life”.
He said that there is no legacy that is greater
than the provision of free education to the
people, adding that by such legacy, the children
of the poor can acquire formal education to the
benefit of themselves and the society.
Speaking further at the occasion, Governor
Okorocha said that of all the numerous projects
embarked upon by his administration, non to him
is as good as the free education given to over
19,000 students of Imo State origin.
He said his administration has been able to
achieve the feat through sacrifice and
commitment to service, adding that he forfeited
4 billion naira security vote just to ensure that
the free education programme succeeded.
He therefore charged the students to not only
beof good behaviour, but also to ensure that the
‘candle’ of free education for Imo indigenes
which has been kindled at the day’s event is
kept burning beyond this generation.
Earlier in a speech, the Imo State Commissioner
for Education, Prof (Mrs) Adaobi Obasi said that
the revolution going on in the education sector
in Imo State include the building of 12
classroomblocks in each of the 305 wards in the
State, building of the Young Scientist’s college,
the Owerri City school, College of Advanced
professional studies (ICAPS), increasing the
subvention given to Imo State University from
57million naira to 152 million naira, release of
450 million naira grant to the Missionary schools
to mention just a few.
Also speaking, the Rector of Imo State
Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Reverend Fr. Dr. Wence
Madu said that access to qualitative education
will guarantee safety and security in all
aspects of life in the State, adding that
Governor Okorocha’s comment about Imo being
the richest State in Nigeria can be proved from
the perspective that God has endowed the
indigeneswith an immeasurable wealth of
knowledge and talents.
Adding his voice, the Vice-Chancellor of Imo
State University, Professor B.E.B Nwoke said
that the event of the day represents a golden
moment in the history of education in Imo State,
Nigeria and Africa. He expressed optimism that
the students will work harder bearing in mind
that the money used in sponsoring their
education came from the tax payers.
The high points of the occasion were the
presentation of cheques in payment of
gratuitiesto hundreds of retirees from the State
civil service who were being owed by the past
administrations in the State and the
presentation of 4 buses and a hilux van to the
State government by the representative of
Diamond Bank P.LC, Mrs Chiaka Ejiogu to support
the day’s event.
Also present at the occasion were the Provost of
Imo State College of Health Science and
Technology, Amaigbo, Elder A.O Chiaka, the Imo
State Commissioner for Information, Mr Chinedu
Offor and a host of others.