Okorocha faults scrapping of varsities established by him
• Accuses gov of destroying institutions, urges caution
The former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has faulted the recommendations of the committee on the review of six new tertiary institutions and four polytechnics and colleges of education created by him for describing them as improper.He said Governor Emeka Ihedioha should take things easy as he takes actions against his administration from 2011 to 2019.
Also, the senator accused Ihedioha of destroying institutions built by him since he came on board on May 29, 2019.The committee chaired by a former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Jude Njoku, had separately addressed journalists and submitted their recommendations to the governor on the institutions, faulting their establishment at the twilight of the last administration when the resources were not there to sustain them.
A statement yesterday by Okorocha’s Special Assistant (Media), Sam Onwuemeodo, faulted the committee as ill- conceived targeted at destroying the former governor’s work, saying: “We appeal to Governor Ihedioha to take things easy and always think deeply before acting on issues instead of doing otherwise.
“What was expected of the committee at the end of its assignment was to submit their findings or reports to the governor, who would then handover the report to the attorney-general of the state to look at all the legal ingredients involved in the establishment of the universities and others before making any specific pronouncement on them.
“Prof. Njoku’s action only showed the speed and zeal with which the government of the day wants to destroy all the landmark projects of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the state which Senator Okorocha had headed.
“Equally, scrapping the six universities, four polytechnics and three colleges of education built by Okorocha’s government, which have already taken off with befitting structures on ground and their operational licences granted was obviously counter-productive. It was not the best of actions.
“The government would have looked at the ideas or vision behind the building of the institutions and their advantages both short-term and long-term and then take things easy with them, in lieu of being hasty in scrapping them.
“Obviously, the governor was looking at the man behind the institutions, Okorocha, instead of looking at their in-built merits both now and in the nearest future.”
“We want to let Governor Ihedioha know that Okorocha had done eight years as governor and cannot be governor again. He should stop acting as if he is in contest with the former governor. We are saying this because the zeal with which the governor has been destroying and discrediting all that the former governor laboured to put in place, has become worrisome to all Imo people, and others too. All the facilities Okorocha used to beautify Owerri, the State Capital, have all been removed as if INEC announced him governor for the sake of removing or destroying all that Okorocha built,” the statement added.