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Former minister decries billions lost in FG, Twitter face-off

By Gordi Udeajah, Umuahia
27 September 2021   |   4:01 am
A two-time minister in the Second Republic, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, has expressed concern over the face off between the Federal Government and social networking website, Twitter, saying billions of naira have been lost in the dispute.

A July 2014 file photo shows the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California. PHOTO: AFP

A two-time minister in the Second Republic, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, has expressed concern over the face off between the Federal Government and social networking website, Twitter, saying billions of naira have been lost in the dispute.

He made this known, yesterday, at the matriculation of pioneer students of Ihechukwu Madubuike Institute of Technology (IMIT), which he established in his community, Nkwoagu-Amuda Isuochi, Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State.

The event also featured the inauguration of the IMIT Governing Council, with Dr Chima Madubuike, a professor of Agricultural Engineering, as Chairman.

Madubuike said IMIT was “borne out of a persistent desire to set up a tertiary institution of the highest standards to meet the yearnings of my people. It was also in fulfillment of my vision during my educational pursuits in Canada, USA and France to build a technology-driven tertiary institution essential to the development of the next generation of leaders, to empower innovation and self-reliance.”

He said IMIT intends to put into effect metrics that would constantly monitor the impacts of its efforts in societal challenges. “Our strategies include wooing and working in partnership with entrepreneurs, investors, local and international business leaders, even as we take into cognisance the fact that frontiers of knowledge are rapidly expanding and that human capital is at the epicentre of 21st Century economy,” he said.

In his address, IMIT Rector, Dr Benjamin Ezeali, charged the students to be committed to the institution’s ideals and vision of the founder.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Eze Ajuzie, who was represented by State Director of Science, Technical and Higher Education, Mr. Godson Nwaimo, commended the founder’s wisdom in establishing IMIT, stressing that the goal of technical education is to prepare students for the future world of work. “Functional education with loaded technical skills in a skill-less community like ours is the best gift we can give to any child,” he said.

Pleased with citing of the institution in his domain, the traditional ruler of Isuochi Eze, Sir (Dr) Godson Ezekwesiri, noted that IMIT had already begun changing the perception of the area positively.