The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Friday, March 23, said the state needs 20 universities to cater for the rise in population of qualified applicant of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
While meeting with the founder of the Lord’s Chosen Church, Pastor Lazarus Muoka during his courtesy call at the Imo state Government House, Okorocha said many JAMB applicants were denied admission into tertiary institutions because of certain unfavourable polices like catchment areas and limited admission spaces.
Vanguard reports that Muoka was at the Imo state Government House to inform the governor of his church’s plan to establish a university in Imo.
Following his information, the governor also directed that land should be allocated to the church immediately for that purpose.
The governor also gave the church N10 million to enable them clear the site of the intended University.
Okorocha ordered that a land be allocated to the Lord’s Chosen Church for the establishment of a university in Imo. Okorocha said that for the seventh time, Imo state has continued to lead in JAMB applications with wide margin.
He said that since 2012, the state has been recording between 131,000 and 92,000 applications in JAMB but regretted that the number of applicants given admission was never as high as that.
Stating that education is the biggest industry in Imo, Okorocha assured Muoka that the state would support the church to ensure that the university is started and finished for kick-off of academic activities.
It was reported that Okorocha had earlier denied naming a street in Owerri after President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor said reports that he named the Maria Assumpta Avenue in Owerri after the president is misleading.
Okorocha also said that the reports were made up to create the impression that there was some sort of misunderstanding between the government and the Catholic faithful.