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Recommendation To Scrap Free Education:


…Vows To Truncate 2nd Term If Programme is Tempered

Assurance by the Imo State Governor to implement the findings of the Imo State visitation panel which hitherto is suggestive of scraping of the on-going free education in the state own Institutions may not go down well with the Imo people who have vowed to frustrate Uzodinma’s, next term if he goes ahead to scrape the instituted free education by the Okorocha’s government.

Imo State visitation panel chaired by professor Chinedu Nebo has last Friday submitted a summary of their report to the governor where they described the on-going free education in the state-owned institutions was fraud pointing out that such a programme never existed.

The panel however recommended  for the government to introduce payment of ninety thousand naira as school fees for Imo State University students.

They further recommended to the state government to choose the new vice chancellor anytime the tenure of Adaobi Obasi expires from outside the campus to restore dignity and sanity in the citadel.

Upon all the recommendations made by the panel to the state government, Imo people only rejected the idea or any plan to scrape the on-going free education in the state rather urged the government to improve the existing programme.

Our rouving reporter who have been interviewing Imo people on the recent development revealed that majority of Imo people particularly those in the rural areas are of the  opinion that the present administration should not attempt scraping of the free education programme as recommended by the panel while vowing to stop the governor from going to the second term in 2023, if he goes ahead to adhere to the panel’s recommendation of scraping the programme.

Speaking with the lead, a principal in one of the schools in Owerri who would not want her name in print revealed that free education founded by Okorocha’s government is in existence adding that the only thing that needs to be done is to improve on it and not scrapping the programme.

According to the anonymous principal, any attempt to scrap the free education by the present administration would meet with resistance which automatically would create enemity between the state government and Imo people.

During the Radio programme of Oziza 96.1 FM, last Monday 95% of the participants condemned any plan to scrap the programme as recommended by the panel rather suggested for improvement.

Recall, that the immediate former governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha had upon assumption of office as the Governor constituted Imo State University panel to look into the problems surrounding the University with a view of recommending solution to the government for attention.

While the panel was still carrying out its investigation, Ihedioha was removed from the seat by the Supreme Court and in his place, Uzodinma was brought in and he Uzodinma gave nod to the said panel to continue with its investigation.

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