Governor Rochas Okorocha’s government had launched an airline, operated by Dana Air, two weeks ago.
Following that, the governor has announced that his government can no longer continue with her free education program.
Governor Rochas began by dropping the free education program non-indigenes in state-owned tertiary institutions.
Citing reasons for this, Rochas said other states had refused to do same for students studying in other states.
He mandated his SSG, George Etche, to verify students so that only bonafide indigenes of the state will “Enjoy the free education program.
“For more than five years the free education program has been on.
“Non-indigenes have been benefitting from the gesture without Imo indigenes enjoying the same program in other states, schools.
“To also ensure that the verification venture is thorough, forms are being issued to the students.
“Traditional rulers of their various autonomous communities and State Development Coordinators will have to sign it.
“In the past five years, the state government has spent over N40 billion to prosecute the free education program.
“So far, the program is a success story,” the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, said.
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He said the free education program in the state made students’ enrollment to rise from 280,000 in 2011 to over 800,000.
He also maintained that the outcome of the free education policy of the state government was wonderful.
He cited a remark credited to the Registrar/CEO of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede.
Professor Ishaq recently disclosed that for six consecutive years, Imo State continued to lead in JAMB applications.
“And the registrar concluded that the state free education program was the reason behind the feat,” he stated.