NUC approves take-off of Imo agric varsity
By Patrick O. Onu
The Nigerian University Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in October this year.
The approval underscores the efforts which the state government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodimma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.
Recently, the NUC panel was in the state to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.
The cheery news was communicated to reporters at the end of the weekly Executive Council meeting, at Government House, Owerri presided over by the governor.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Declan Emelumba flanked by the Commissioners for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha; Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the education sector of the state.
In the same vein, he the council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take-off of the faculty.
The council also approved the construction of a modern abattoir in Okigwe aimed at ensuring the hygienic processing of poultry and other forms of meat as well as acquisition of the Federal Government Silo and steps taken towards completing the project and making it functional.
The commissioner also informed that in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of COVID-19 in the rural areas of the state, the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) is in the 27 local government areas of the state testing people for COVID-19.