Updated on June, 26th, 2015
Thousands of students of the Imo State University, Owerri, recently stormed the Government House, Owerri, in solidarity with Governor Rochas Okorocha for giving them free education, which they said the he has sustained since he came in as Governor. Before leaving the school premesises, the Vc represented by the school PRO Nze. Ralph Njoku urged the students to go and showcase the discipline instilled in them by the university and also to behave themselves.
Speaking with IMSU Gazette, The students expressed joy that the free education has worked effectively well, contrary to the wrong impressions the opponents of the government have been giving about the free education in the State.
The students, who had come in their thousands, and took every space in and around the Government House, sang solidarity songs in honour of the Governor, while presidents of all the student bodies of all the Faculties spoke one after the other to commend the Governor for coming up with the free education policy.
Each student leader who spoke had told the interesting story of how they never believed that free education could be possible at the University level in the State considering the high number of students' enrolment from the State. But that they began to have implicit confidence in the system when it worked for a year, and since then, it has remained a success story.
Chairman of the Conference of the Presidents of the Student Unions of all the Faculties, Comrade Kelechi Onyeakazi said that they decided to have the solidarity visit through the Faculties to ensure testimonies from students from various Faculties who are direct beneficiaries of the free education system.
The students also thanked the Governor for the new structures he has erected in the University campuses of Owerri and Orlu, and for ensuring that the University has not experienced any strike since he assumed office, following an increment in the University's subvention by the State Government. This, the students noted, has guaranteed regular payment of salaries and gratuities by the University Management led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie.
Again, they equally eulogized Governor Okorocha for making the University internet compliant; and for ensuring the upgrading and accreditation of the Faculties; adding that the best that can happen to them would be for the Governor to come back to serve a second term.
The students also honoured the Governor by giving him an award as the Best Governor of the Year, for his services and compassion for humanity; and for being student-friendly; and more over, for giving them free education that has worked more than expected.
Addressing the students, Governor Okorocha said he felt fulfilled seeing the students coming in their thousands to appreciate him for what his administration has done at IMSU; and for the free education policy of his administration; adding that it was God and not him, who made the free education possible to the extent of working better than what some people had expected.
The Governor also used that occasion to give the students account of his stewardship as their governor listing out most of his achievements, which the students echoed with solidarity songs at intervals.
He assured the students that his next four years, if he comes back as governor, would witness the massive industrialization of the State, aimed at giving a deadly blow to poverty and unemployment in the State.
The Governor stayed behind to organise the distribution of the mini-laptops, especially when he noticed that the students struggled to receive the laptops. He directed that the students who were present be given one mini-laptop each, to appreciate the presence of the students and he began the distribution of the mini-laptops himself.
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