Imo State Government has extended its free education programme currently running in primary and secondary schools to undergraduates of the state origin in the state-owned college of education, polytechnic and university.
Speaking in an address tagged “State-of-Imo Address” to the people of the state at the Heroes’ Square, New Owerri, the governor stated that government would in the next academic session grant N100,000 bursary to each student of the state university and N80,000 to every student in the state-owned polytechnic.
He added that the reforms in the school system would also entail the monetization of the current free education whereby secondary school students would be granted N40,000 which they would partly use for their tuition fees and N25,000 to pupils.
Governor Okorocha stated that schools in the state would be granted autonomous status to empower principals and head-teachers and their management team towards providing administrative and learning facilities in order for them to strive for efficiency and competitiveness.
He equally said that government has made extensive reforms in them health sector including the state free health programme, otherwise known as Health-at -Your Doorsteps that would take off in the last quarter of the year.
Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ben Uwajumogu, said the House has aligned itself with the development vision of the governor, and has approved N224billion for a four-year development fund as well as endorse a 73% capital budget for year 2012.
An elder statesman in the state and Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Paschal Dozie, remarked that he is impressed on the spate of projects going on in the state and called on all Imo people to support the governor.