The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said over 1.5 million indigenes of the state had applied for admission to tertiary institutions in 2016.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Eze Madumere, said this while declaring open the second technical committee meeting of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo State on Friday.
While commending the technical committee on its task of managing the large number of applicants seeking admission, Okorocha urged JAMB to review upwards the admission quota for the state-owned university and the AIFCE.
He said, “Imo State has education as the major pivot of the Rescue Mission agenda and the mass investment in education can only transform into greater fortune for our people, if the opportunities for tertiary education are expanded.”
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had said it would review its earlier decision of 180 as the national cut-off mark for candidates seeking admission into institutions of higher learning for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Oloyede bemoaned the presence of only three universities in Imo State, while Ogun and Osun states have 14 and eight of such institutions, respectively. According to him, it is clear that Imo does not have the number of universities to accommodate the number of people seeking admission.
Okorocha, in his response, promised to sustain the state’s free education programme.
He said, “We are not there yet. We are good at education, but not good at agriculture. We have just established three new universities: the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, the Aboh Mbaise/Ngor-Okpala Agriculture/Veterinary Medicine University, and the Maritime University Oguta.” (Punchng.com)