Owelle Rochas, Approves N300m Allowance For Undergraduates.

By KayCee May 29, 2014 07:31

Owelle Rochas Okorocha, of Imo state  has given a go ahead on the payment of N300 miilion as allowances for indigenes of the state in tertiary institutions.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting with the Technical Committee on Education, at the Government House, Owerri, the state capital, he said education was the basic tool, which would equip any child to face the future.

He said he took an oath to make Imo better than he met it and started with free education, which he noted would empower the children to take over leadership and develop the state and nation.

Okorocha said crime had reduced since the inception of his administration.

According to him, students committed about 70 per cent of reported crimes, but with the introduction of free education, they no longer indulge in crimes to meet academic demands.

He promised a gift of I-pad software to every Imo graduating student, whose grade points (GP) came up to 4, adding that the overall best student of every tertiary institution would be rewarded.

Okorocha said the approval of N300 million as allowance for students and other incentives would encourage them to be serious about their studies.

He urged them to appreciate the opportunity given them by the government by shunning crime and being good ambassadors of the state.

The governor, who reiterated that his administration was anchored on the spirit of sacrifice to make Imo better and ensure the well-being of the poor, said: “I’m not your governor for the financial profit of the job, but to make a difference in the state. I want to write my name in gold.”

He said the forfeiture of his security vote and luxury helped him to achieve a lot, hailing his wife for sharing his philosophy, which gave birth to  “She Needs a Roof Pet Project (SNARP)”, under which the homeless are given homes.

Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, the chairman of “Issuance of Check for Free Education”, said the essence of the meeting was to inform stakeholders of the issuance of cheques to students and the way forward.

She said government had made provision for easy online assessment of the free education forms for students.

The governor’s wife enjoined them to obtain the forms, fill and submit them to their traditional rulers for endorsement.

Commissioner for Education (Tertiary) Prof. Uba Nnabue lauded the governor for bequeathing the greatest legacy to the state through free and qualitative education.

The Vice Chancellor of Imo State University, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie; the Rector, Imo State Polytechnic, Rev. Fr. Wence Madu; and the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Princess Ngozi Duru, hailed the governor for transforming the education sector.

Present at the meeting were the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere; the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Anthony Anwuka; members of the Imo Executive Council; lawmakers; permanent secretaries and others.




By KayCee May 29, 2014 07:31