Eastern Palm University (EPU) which was recently recovered from the former Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been given approval by Imo State House of Assembly to be called K. O Mbadiwe University.
Deputy Majority Leader of the House and member representing Ehime-Mbano state constituency, Emeka Nduka presented an executive bill which brought about the approval during plenary on Wednesday.
The bill tagged, “a bill for a law to repeal the establishment of Eastern Palm University (EPU) law 2019 to enable the House to re-enact law for the establishment of K. O. Mbadiwe University in Imo State and other related matters,” was given an accelerated hearing and passed into law.
While reacting to the bill some members of the Assembly blamed the 8th House of Assembly which earlier passed the EPU bill into law.
It was gathered that the former governor who claimed ownership of the University, entered into a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the Imo State government using Rochas foundation to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Recall that the Senator representing Orlu zone at the National Assembly had faced a series of attacks by Imo people on his claims to have owned the university.
On many occasions the former Governor had claimed that 90% of the university belonged to him while 10% was for Imo government.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers from Okigwe zone including the member representing Obowo state constituency, Kennedy Ibeh have appealed to the state Governor, Hope Uzodinma to consider the zone for the location of its satellite campus.
At the moment, the Eastern Palm University is located at Ogboko in Ideato South Local Government Area of the state, the country home of the former Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha
Recall that the announcement for the final recovery of the University from Okorocha was made Imo State government last week through the state Commissioner for Information, Declan Emeluba while addressing the press after the week’s state executive council meeting held at the Exco Chambers, Government House Owerri.
Okorocha in his reaction rejected the government’s takeover, his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemedo, in a press release in owerri claimed that it was not possible for the state government to takeover an institution which was built with a Private Public Partnership agreement between Rochas Foundation and Imo State government on the ratio of 90 per cent and 10 percent respectively.