- NUC approved Umuagwo
- No room for multiple campus arrangement
The members representing Ikeduru and Aboh Mbaise local government areas, Hon. Uche Ogbuagu and Hon. Eddy Obinna ,have described the claims that University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has an approved site at Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala, as a big scam and one of the numerous lies of the administration of Governor Okorocha to deceive the people of the area and gain cheap political praises, maintaining that the National Universities Commission(NUC) only approved the university to be situated at Umuagwo. Having no room for a multiple-campus arrangement .
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the bill to amend the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Law No.4 of 2019, was passed, the majority leader, Hon. Ogbuagu who moved the motion, disclosed that the bill only set the records straight by returning the institute to the original site where it was officially approved for, but frown that many have misinterpreted it to mean relocating an existing university from Aboh Mbaise/Ngor-Okpala constituency to Umuagwo.
He maintained that the people of Aboh Mbaise/Ngor-Okpala were kept in the dark about the true position of the university which only existed on pages of the newspapers, without the approval of NUC as well as existing structure befitting a university. He called on the people of the area to disregard the claim that such university existed in the area.
Similarly, Hon. Eddy Obioma, who is representing Aboh Mbaise LGA, affirmed that the university never existed in his federal constituency, describing it as a scam.
However, he appealed to his colleagues to allow the university to be established at the site considering the fact that the people of Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala have donated lands and are eagerly longing for the full establishment of the university in their area. But his colleagues overwhelmingly rejected his appeal.
Meanwhile, a document presented to newsmen by Hon. Ogbuagu from NUC, confirmed that the approved location for the university is Umuagwo and not Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala.
A letter captioned, “RECOGNITION OF UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND ENVIROMENTAL SCIENCES,UMUAGWO,IMO STATE,” signed by Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed,Executive Secretary of NUC dated 18th April 2019,addressed to the former Governor,Owelle Rochas Okorocha:
“Consequent upon the receipt of your letter,dated 27th March,2019, notifying the National Universities Commission (NUC) of the establishment of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, Imo State, as well as the formal presentation of the strategic documents, including the University Law, Academic Brief and Master Plan,I write, on behalf of the National Universities Commission(NUC),to inform His Excellency, that with effect from Thursday,18th April,2019,the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences ,Umuagwo, Imo State, has been recognised as the 49th State University and 171st university respectively in Nigerian University System.”
The National Universities Commission hereby pledges its support to the university, which is the second public university to be established and fully owned by the Imo State Government. We also enjoin His Excellency and the Imo State Government, to take full advantage of the professional and technical advice that that Commission is statutorily required to provide to State Governments on the establishment, funding, and operation of their 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 the establishment of the university.
I wish to congratulate His Excellency, and the good people of Imo State, on the establishment of University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, Imo State. Please accept the assurances of my highest regards.”