The National University Commission (NUC) Verification Team visited the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma at the Expanded Executive Chambers, Government House, Owerri, Imo State over the establishment of a state-owned University of Agriculture in Imo State.
Informing the Governor of their mission, the National University Commission (NUC) led by Dr. Babatunde Ramon Yusuf, the Deputy Executive Secretary, NUC said they were in Imo to ascertain the resources, both human and material, for the take off of the State proposed University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
Dr. Yusuf also stated that the attempt to convert the existing Polytechnic Infrastructure into a University Infrastructure is not an easy task and suggested that beyond facilities and Infrastructure, there should be purposeful programmes in ground, especially personel of both teaching and non teaching staff.
Gov. Uzodimma at the meeting expressed his desire to ensure the establishment of a second-owned University focused in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as he has observed that technologically driven agriculture will take the lead in the world after the COVID-19 pandemic, hence it is expedient that Imo State keys into the life system to make living more meaningful which will also engage Imo people thereby, curbing crime, violence and vices.
Gov. Uzodimma further gave his promise that the Government of Imo State under his watch will strive to meet up with the criteria set up by the NUC for such a University to take off and also Appealed to the Visitation Panel to assist the state project work.
In response to Gov. Uzodimma’s hand of partnership, Dr. Yusuf, on behalf of NUC promised to partner with the Imo State Government led by Senator Hope Uzodimma (Onwa) and to ensure the lofty aspirations and heights proposed by the Governor, are achieved.
The leader of the NUC visitation panel, Dr. Yusuf, commended the Governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodimma, reassuring him within their powers, they will ensure that the dreams of Governor Uzodimma will be realized.
Some of the recommendations of the National University Commission (NUC) to the State Government are:
1. The establishment of School of sciences as a foundation to specialize in Agriculture and Agricultural Sciences
2. The need to incorporate School of Engineering with emphasis on Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering.
3. The University should consider the need for Environmental Sciences as well as Information Communication Technology (ICT) where ICT hardwares will be provided.
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