Free educaton ends in Imo as Ihedioha takes over


* Last minute land grab to be recovered

By Sabinus Onyenwe, Owerri

Free education which was introduced eight years ago probably without proper plan is dead as a new administration comes into Imo State. Also, land that was grabbed by the outgoing officials may be recovered going by the new governor’s declaration.


Chief Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was yesterday sworn in as the 6th substantive governor of Imo state by the State Chief Judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi.

Ihedioha who took the oat of office shortly after his deputy, Gerald Irona had taken his rode into the expansive Dan Anyiam Stadium, venue of the ceremony around 10am in an intimidating convoy led by horse riders.

The governor, having inspected a guard of parade with National Salute described his victory at the polls as a divine favour.

In a speech entitled “together we will rebuild Imo” Chief Ihedioha extended his olive branch to all those who ran the governorship election with him even as he  castigated the departed APC administration in the state for degradation and destruction of some institutions  in the state including the state judiciary and House Assembly which he said were all rendered redundant.

He bemoaned  the pathetic plight of pensioners in the state who were starred of the their entitlements and monthly pensions by the former governor Rochas Okorocha administration, chains of decayed and abandoned infrastructures as well as shoddy execution of capital projects due to flagrant disregard of due process and rule of law.

Dismissing the administration of the Okorocha administration as a monumental disaster, Chief Ihedioha said that although he would not embark on any form of witch hunting against anybody who operated with that regime, whoever had a hand in the rot perpetrated in that administration  would be compelled  to account for his misdeeds

Assuring that his words still remain his bonds, the governor said that he would take appropriate steps to restore confidence in the governance of the state with genuine conviction, commitment and candour.

“I will be governor for all, rebuild and transform Imo with human capital development science and technology and quality of life for our people. We are on a rebuild mission and the engine of good governance must be lubricated, Civil  Service reformed for efficiency and productivity”.

Aside this, Chief Ihedioha said that and appropriate due process mechanism would be enthroned while the Bureau for Public Procurement, principle of separation of power and independence of the judiciary would enjoy prominence in his administration.

Continuing, he said that Okorocha’s Free Education Programme would be reviewed to provide qualitative education for children and youths in the state while the 4 existing Technical Colleges would be refurbished and re-equipped with trained experienced teachers.

Other missions  he said include: repositioning  of the health and Agriculture sectors, installation of an Integrated Infrastructural

Development Plan, revival of Imo security networks, rural access

roads, acceleration  of the realization of Sustainable Development

Goals, review of land allocations made by the immediate past

administration as well as enhancement of Environmental Sanitation

Programme in addition to the computerization of the state civil