…Govt. yet to issue directives
Students, Lecturers as well as non academic staff of the recent converted Eastern Palm University Okpoko appear to be in dilemma over next line of action as Imo State Government is yet to issue directives since the conversion of the school into a state University from the private University status it was established.
Imo State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem had last Month changed the Eastern Palm University built by the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha into KO Mbadiwe University as part of the Imo State owned campuses.
Information to weekend Lead revealed that while some of the students who joined the school with the notion that it a private university are contemplating whether or not to leave the school following the sudden change which expectedly would affect the school’s management, the lecturers and other non academic staff are also confused not knowing whether they are still employees of the college or not.
Former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West in the national Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha had while in the office as Governor, got license for the establishment of the Eastern Palm University and other universities in Imo.
In one of the briefings of the said Okorocha before the elapse of his office as the Governor, he made it clear that the said campus which according to him belongs to Rochas Foundation of Africa has 10% ownership by the Imo State government hence its management was under public private partnership.
Rt. Hon. EMeka Ihedioha had within seven months he had sway as the Governor of Imo State constituted a panel of Inquiry into the establishment of the Eastern Palm University of Okorocha led administration.
The panel which was chaired by Professor Jude Njoku after their investigation recommended that the school be made part of the Imo State University.
Upon assumption of Uzodinma as the Governor, he executed the said recommendation by the said panel, hence the charge of the schools name into, KO Mbadiwe University amongst other charges.