The National Universities Commission (NUC) has handed the Imo State government the operating certificate for Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Ogboko.
The NUC’s Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Adamu, made the handover at a brief ceremony held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The handover puts an end to the dispute between former governor Rochas Okorocha and the Imo State government over the ownership of the university.
Hope Uzodinma, the current governor of Imo State, took the institution from Okorocha and renamed it the Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwae University, Ogboko, Imo State.
The NUC has recognized and accepted the operational license of Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University Ogboko, Imo State, as the 42nd state-owned university in Nigeria with the handover.
While presenting the certificate, the Commission’s Executive Secretary, Professor Abubarkar Adamu Rasheed, congratulated Governor Uzodimma and informed him of the commission’s preparedness to assist the state in its academic strides.
The Executive Secretary complimented the governor for his ambition to increase access to university education in Imo state and, by extension, the country’s south-eastern area.
Rasheed stated that the commission would continue to collaborate with the state to guarantee that the universities are able to compete with other universities.
“By a copy of this letter, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are being notified of this development.”
The Governor thanked the NUC for ensuring the stability of the country’s university system as he accepted the Letter of Recognition.
He stated that the determination to construct a state university was influenced by the extent of youth discontent in the South-East.
Imo State is densely populated, with a population of over five million people, including a sizable youth population, which is also contributing to the unrest in the southeast.
The governor said “Today is a very special day for me, we have come here today to receive the recognition letter from NUC for our brand new KO Mbadiwe University.
“This university that is fully owned by owed by Imo State government has also provided us the opportunity to immortalize one of our foremost philanthropists, KO Mbadiwe of blessed memory.”