Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has inaugurated a six member committee that will fast track the commencement of twelve new tertiary institutions established by the State Government.
Inaugurating the committee in Owerri, Governor Okorocha said the initiative was borne out of the need to satisfy the growing number of Imo indigenes seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country.
He attributed the overwhelming number of students’ enrolment in the State to the free education policy of his administration.
Governor Okorocha announced that the State polytechnic in Umuagwo Owerri West local Government Area had been upgraded to a University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences with a campus in Aboh Mbaise and Ngor Okpala Local Government Areas.
He explained that the institutions which had received the nod of the State House of Assembly would not pose financial burden on the incoming administration as they would operate under public private partnership.
Responding on behalf of others, the Chairman of the Committee, Professor Chima Iwuchukwu pledged to discharge their duties with due diligence to realize the lofty ideas of the State Government.
The newly established institutions which included six universities, four polytechnics and two colleges of education are yet to be accredited by relevant authorities.