IMO State government said it has spent well
over N6billion to sustain the free education
programme at all levels, initiated and
embarked upon by the current administration.
The state governor, Rochas Okorocha who
disclosed during a breakfast meeting with
journalists in Owerri stated that government
would continue with the programme
irrespective of the current harsh economic
situation in the country.
Okorocha who disclosed that his
administration has mapped out N1billion
to renovate all dilapidated classroom and
administrative blocks in primary and
secondary schools in all parts of the state to
bring them to the standard of those in the
state capital. Reaffirming his commitment to
continue with programme which he described
as capital intensive, Owelle Okorocha vowed
not to allow anyone that would not sustain the
free education policy succeed him as governor
of the state come 2019.
Stories by Samson Nwafor, Abakaliki
By Athan Agbakwuru, Owerri He further hinted that government would
soon declare a state of emergency in the
education sector to address the infrastructural
and logistics challenges militating against
effective teaching and learning in the state
school system.
Governor Okorocha however regretted the
inability of the state government to continue
extending the gesture to non indigenes of the
State saying he was compelled to drop them
when his counterparts in other states refused
to emulate him in this direction so that Imo
indigenes in their state could enjoy the same
gesture simultaneously.
Concerning the recent documentation of
Imo students in the state owned tertiary
institutions, he explained that they would
henceforth obtain letters of identification
from the traditional rulers of their respective
communities as evidence that they are from
the state while non-indigene students of the
Rochas Foundation College, who he said
are his adopted children would continue to
benefit from the free education package.

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