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Okorocha empowers wives of his security personnel with over N30M, others get employment

Hon. Mrs Ogechi Ololo (r) handing over a cheque to a beneficiary of Governor Okorocha’s appreciation/empowerment program.

No fewer than 126 women were on Saturday 18th February, 2017 empowered by the Governor of Imo State, Anayo Rochas Okorocha. The beneficiaries were the wives of convoy drivers, security personnel and aides attached to the Governor.

While the women received cheques ranging from N150,000 to N2 Million, others who opted for employment into the state civil service, received assurance that their request would  get  urgent attention.

Presenting the cheques at Nick Banquet Hall Government House, Owerri, Okorocha noted that the empowerment was in appreciation of their husbands’ effort in the discharge of their respective duties. He noted that all of them have dutifully and wholeheartedly discharged their duties since inception of his administration, hence the need to make them stronger and more productive through giving empowerment to their wives.

The governor represented by His Deputy Chief of Staff, Domestic and Internal Affairs, Hon. Mrs. Ogechi Ololo admonished them to make judicious use of the money by investing wisely.

“I encourage them to protect and use the money carefully and wisely. That way, it will be of benefit to them. It is a seed and they need to sow it properly for it to germinate and bear fruits. My prayer for them is to use it judiciously”, the governor said.

A beneficiary Mrs Nweke Nkiriuka, wife of Nweke Jude of State Security Service, who spoke to newsmen shortly after receiving her cheque, lavished encomiums on the governor for his show of magnanimity and prayed God to bless him in all his endeavours.

Imo Govt. spends 40bn Naira on free tertiary education

Drops non-indigenes

The Imo State government says it has spent over 40 billion naira on its free tertiary education policy since inception.

The State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, made the disclosure at the Heroes Square in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He was speaking during the ongoing revalidation and verification exercise organised for Imo indigenes who are beneficiaries of the free education programme in all state-owned tertiary institutions in the state.

Addressing the students, Governor Okorocha who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, noted that the state government has decided to concentrate on Imo indigenes and drop non-indigenes from the programme.

He explained that the state government has spent about 40 billion naira to sustain the policy, adding that it would have to drop non-indigenes from the scheme as Imo indigenes in other state-owned schools across Nigeria do not enjoy such benefit.

The governor, however, assured the students of the government’s commitment to sustaining the programme beyond the life of the present administration.

However, some of the students disclosed to newsmen that the free education programme has actually helped them achieve their dreams of a better and higher educational standard without payment.

A student said “because of the free education, I could achieve a lot in the medical school. I have not paid a dime since I got admission into the university. If not for the free education, I don’t think there is a way we can do it but I just thank the government for giving us the free education”.

Recall that at the inception of the Governor Okorocha led administration in 2011, education was declared free at primary and post-primary levels in all public schools in Imo State.

The government subsequently extended the gesture to all the state-owned tertiary institutions on February 14, 2012, including the Imo State School of Nursing and Health Technology.

As an extension of the free education programme in November 2012, the government slashed the tuition fee of non-indigenes schooling in the state-owned tertiary institutions by 50%.

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