Free Education: Imo students top JAMB application list in 2017

Beneficiaries of Imo Free Education with Gov. Okorocha

For the second year running, Imo State topped the number of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applications with 101,868 in 2017, JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede has disclosed.

The registrar said this during a briefing with Newsmen in Abuja ahead of the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) billed to start on Saturday in 642 computer based test (CBT) centres across the country.

According to him, Imo, Osun, and Oyo topped the list of those with the highest number of JAMB applications in 2017, following the applications of statistics by the state of origin.

Oloyede said Osun recorded the second highest with 88, 653 applications while Oyo recorded 87,811 applications.

The JAMB registrar said that Benue (68, 916), Kogi (70, 150) and Kano (70, 276) recorded the lowest applications.

He added that the agency registered 1.7 million candidates an increase of 464,287 candidates from last year’s 1.2 million candidates registered for the 2016 UTME.

However, the record that Imo State has again topped the JAMB APPLICATIONS this year (2017) would make it the Sixth time since 2012 Imo would come first in JAMB applications.

In 2012, Imo State had 123,865 applications to be on top, followed by Delta State with 88,876.

In 2013, the State recorded 134,610 applications followed by Delta State also with 101,610 applications, and in 2014, the State had 118,809 applications, whereas, Delta State had 87,153 applications to maintain the second position.

Again, in 2015, Imo State recorded 104,382 applications to maintain the first position, while Delta State also maintained the second position with 78,856 applications, and in 2016, Imo State had 104,383, and also followed by Delta State with 78,854.

These enviable records didn’t come by happenstance. They are all products of the free education programme in the State which occasioned the astronomical increase of the School enrolment in the State from 280,000 in 2011 to more than 800,000 at the moment.

Workers Day: Okorocha lifts ban on promotion, plans new welfare package for civil servants

Okorocha and Imo state civil servants on Workers Day celebration

Imo State Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha has lifted the ban on promotion of workers and further revealed his administration’s plans to improve the welfare package of civil servants in the state.
The state governor disclosed this while addressing Imo workers during the 2017 May Day celebration held at Heroes Square, Owerri.
Governor Okorocha said that the state government will discuss with the leadership of Nigerian Labour Congress on a new salary structure to ensure that all workers get their due salaries.
He recalled in 2011 that he was the first governor to pay 20,000 naira as minimum wage instead of the Federal Government approved N18,000 minimum wage.
Said Okorocha: “I rebuilt the state secretariat and put tiles on the floor, I bought computers for civil servants and gave them wardrobe allowance, I gave Christmas bonus to workers, I paid 12 years arrears of pension.”
The governor went down memory lane to remind the workers of his regime’s kind gestures and special attention in the past.
Okorocha who observed that between 2011 to 2014, there was no problem with payment of salaries, noted that the struggle to pay workers’ salaries started in 2015 when the country began to experience recession and called for their understanding.
He scored self high in the area of massive infrastructural development, health, free education and security, adding that his regime has kept his campaign promises and has been fair in providing dividends of democracy to the electorate.
Reacting to an earlier request made by the NLC Chairman in Imo State Comrade Austin Chilakpo on suspended and sacked workers, the governor said only ghost workers were sacked and the suspended judiciary workers remain suspended.
Considering the economic status of Imo Transport Company ITC and their counterpart in Imo Palm Plantation, the governor made it clear that staffers of the two government agency should be financially independent to pay their workers.
Earlier in his address, Chilakpo appreciated the giant strides of the governor in the area of massive infrastructures and appealed to him to consider the sacked and suspended judiciary workers as well as payment of Ada Palm and ITC workers.

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