The former governor of Imo State and the Senator representing Orlu zone in the Senate has rejected the State government’s announced takeover of the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko in Ideato South Local government Area.
Making this known in a press release in owerri through his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemedo, Okorocha 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.
Recall that the Imo State government announced last week that it had finally taken the decision to recover the Eastern Palm University, from the former governor.
The state Commissioner for Information, Declan Emeluba who made this known while addressing the press after the weekly state executive council meeting held at the Exco Chambers, Government House Owerri, said the council accepted the white paper on land use and related matters, which indicated that the institution is a state owned one and was accredited by the National University Commission as the second state owned University in Imo state.
Emeluba further clarified that the council in accordance with the provisions of the white paper approved the university as a state owned and directed the relevant ministries to immediately implement the decisions of the council.
The Commissioner while disclosing that N19 billlion of Imo state funds were used in building the university, warned that “henceforth anybody seen parading himself as the owner of the university will be dealt with by law enforcement agency”.