Imo - The Imo Government has rescinded its decision to relocate the Imo State University (IMSU) from Owerri to Ogboko in the Ideato South Local Government Area of the state.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha announced the decision on Tuesday in Owerri while briefing newsmen.
He said the university that had operated for the 21 years on a temporary site in Owerri would be relocated to a yet to be determined permanent in the Owerri Senatorial Zone of the state.
The planned relocation of the university to Ogboko by the Okorocha administration had attracted fierce criticisms from some people in the state.
The administration was criticised for allegedly violating the Act that established the university as a multi-campus institution, to be sited in the three senatorial zones of the state.
The governor told the people of Owerri zone, to donate land for the establishment of the permanent site of the university.
He said the State Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a foreign partner for the establishment of the Imo-European University in Ogboko.
Okorocha said that arrangements had also been concluded for the establishment of Loyola Jesuit University in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the state.
He announced that Ngor Okpala people had provided 300 hectares of land for the building of the institution while some financial support had been provided for its establishment.
Okorocha noted that the state was in dire need of tertiary institutions to absorb the increasing number of indigenes of the state yearning for tertiary education.
The governor said that his administration would strive hard to provide opportunities for Imo people to be educated at all levels.