Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has upgraded the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, to a full-fledged university.
The institution is now to be known as Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo.
The governor also inaugurated an implementation committee to oversee the immediate take off of the six universities, four polytechnics and two colleges of education established by his administration.
The committee is headed by Prof. Chima Iwuchukwu.
Speaking while inaugurating the committee at the Sam Mbakwe Council Chambers, Okorocha said that he is bequeathing a sound education legacy for the people of the state, which was propelled by the well articulated free education policy of his administration.
The governor said that the laws establishing the institutions were passed by the state House of Assembly.
According to him, from one university, the State now has six, which has satisfied the growing tertiary education needs of the teeming youth of the state.
He said that his free education policy has taken thousands of youth off the street, with the attendant drastic reduction in crime and criminal related activities, stressing that “education remains the biggest industry in Imo state.”