Senator Rochas Okorocha, the Ex-Governor of Imo State, has berated his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, following the report of a 7-man committee setup to investigate tertiary institutions established by the Okorocha administration.
The Ex-Governor, who now represents Imo West Senatorial District, on Friday, told Ihedioha that he was not elected by the people of Imo State to fight him.
The 7-man committee led by Prof. Jude Njoku in the report had recommended the sack of the vice-chancellors, rectors and other principal officers of the institutions, adding that all properties belonging to the institutions recovered from them.
But the senator in a statement through his aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, noted that Governor Ihedioha has no right to shutdown the institutions he established.
He noted that the governor was obviously looking at the man behind the institutions (Okorocha), instead of the benefits it brings to the state.
The institutions includes; 5 universities (including the Eastern Palm University), 4 polytechnics and 3 colleges of education.
Read Senator Okorocha’s statement in part below (as obtained by Naija Buzz News);
“Going by the nomenclature and task given to the committee, which is committee on the review of newly established tertiary institutions, the chairman exceeded the job of the committee by announcing immediate takeover of the Eastern Palm University and scrapping the tertiary institutions built by Okorocha.
“Prof Jude 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 APC government in the state, which Senator Okorocha had headed.
“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 the ground and their operational licences obtained, 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 impacts – both short and long term – and then take things easy with them, instead 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.”
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