‘Imo needs 20 universities’


Gibson Achonu, Owerri

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that the state needs not fewer than 20 universities to take care of the teeming population of qualified Joint Admission and Matriculation Board applicants from the state.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Founder of the Lords Chosen Church, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, to the Government House, Owerri on Monday, the governor noted that many citizens of Imo were denied admission every year because of unfavourable policies, such as catchment areas and limited admission spaces.

Okorocha, who accented to a request for land from the visitors, also instructed that land should be allocated to the church immediately for that purpose.

 He also gave the church N10m to enable them clear the site of the intended university, with the governor stating that for the seventh time, the state has continued to lead in JAMB applications with wide margin.

 According to him, in 2018, the state topped the JAMB application chart with 92,980 applications and added that out of this number, it would be surprising to see more than 5,000 applicants having admissions into the universities because of certain policies and grossly limited slots.

The governor noted that education was the biggest industry in the state and assured Muoka that the state would support the church to ensure that the university is started and finished for academic activities to begin.

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