IMO Govt Takes Over Eastern Palm Varsity, Downgrades Another

Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha continues the execution of his revisionist
agenda of  his predecessor's administration as he approves the
take over of the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko and
 converted it to a campus of the Imo State University, Owerri.

It will be recalled that the 8th Imo Assembly under former Rochas
Okorocha had passed a law allotting 90 per cent equity
shares to trustees of Rochas Foundation and
10 per cent to Imo state government.

Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the newly-
established Tertiary Institutions in Imo State, Prof. Jude Njoku,
said at a press briefing in Owerri on Wednesday that the
committee established a prima facie that the institution was
established with state funds.

The committee also recommended that both the Imo State
University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Aboh/
Okpala and the University of Science and Technology, Umuna
should remain campuses of Imo State University while Aboh/
Okpala will be the campus for agriculture and veterinary
medicine, and Umuna will be for engineering as earlier
conceived. He added that a judicial commission of inquiry
would be set up to determine the sources of funding and
ownership structure of the university.

He said that from the findings of the committee at the
National Universities Commission (NUC), it was established
that approval was given to EPU as the second University in
Imo, 47th State University and 143 Nigerian university. In
addition, Njoku said that it was discovered that the land was
purchased and paid for by the state government.

The committee also scrapped all Polytechnics established towards the end of the Rochas Okorocha administration
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