Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma (left), with the Provost Federal College of Education Technical Isu, Ebonyi State, Prof Okey Reuben Okechukwu when the latter paid a courtesy call on the Governor at Government House, Owerri…Monday.
What Imo governor said about Buhari over Federal College of Education Technical in Ebonyi
By Valentine Amanze
The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Education Policy that saw the South East benefiting from the establishment of the Federal College of Education Technical at Isu in Ebonyi State in 2019.
The governor expressed the gratitude to the president, when he received the Provost of the College and his Principal Officers who paid a courtesy visit on him at Government House, Owerri on Monday.
Governor Uzodimma said, “the College of Education is a very good boost not only to educational potentials in the South East region but will go a long way in closing the gap in tertiary institution admissions, address the problem of unemployment in the region and stimulate the economy because of other activities that will be generated from the operations of the Institution.”
He appealed to South-Easterners to support the smooth take-off and sustenance of the institution as government, whether federal or state, cannot fund education alone.
He urged the corporate bodies and individuals to rally round the Principal Officers of the school for the smooth take-off.
Governor Uzodimma assured that his government would seek further discussions with the College’s authorities on possible specific areas of support by the Imo State government for a smooth take-off while enjoining the team to work hard to achieve success.
“Count on us and the State as partners,” he said, expressing confidence in the capacity of the Provost to stay afloat even in the face of turbulence that may herald the commencement of the institution.
In an address he presented to the governor, the Provost of the Federal College of Education Technical Isu, Ebonyi State, Professor Okey Reuben Okechukwu said that they were on a campaign that would take them round the five states of the South East, to solicit cooperation and assistance as the institution formally takes off October this year as one of the six newly established Federal Colleges of Education by President Buhari in September, 2019 for the six geopolitical zones.
Okechukwu recalled the several mandates and tasks assigned to them that include drawing up academic programmes, laying the timetable in line with national tertiary education calendar and sourcing students for admission accordingly.
He acknowledged the magnanimity of Mr. President in approving one billion Naira (N1 billion) as take-off grant to be sourced from the Tetfund Intervention Fund, saying the College was optimistic the money will be released in record time to enable the authorities implement her programmes.