The youths of Ohekelem in Ngor Okpala LGA have called on Governor Hope Uzodimma to reconsider his resolve and decision of relocating Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences located at Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala.
In a release signed by the President and Secretary of Ohekelem Youth Association, Mr Vincent Chijioke and Mr Kelech Akasie respectively, they expressed their total repudiation and dissatisfaction over the recent relocation of the University from their Community Ohekelem to Umuagwo in Ohaji Egbema LGA by the Governor, describing it as an unfortunate situation.
According to them, the University which was formerly the Imo State University (Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine) situated in their community was sited to its present location in Ohekelem to settle an age-long dispute between Ohekelem community and a neighboring community Ogbor Uvuru Aboh Mbaise LGA, over the site of the University.
“The location of the University has remained in dispute for over a period of time which has claimed so many lives and properties. With the establishment of the University in that location there has been relative, peace, and tranquility between the two neighboring communities.”
They raised fear that the recent relocation of the University will rekindle and aggravate a fresh altercation and dispute between the two neighboring communities.
The youths further regretted that since the creation of the state no single government project has been cited in their community, Ohekelem, except the relocated University which is yet to commence full academic operation.
“Our community has remained forlon and relegated in the annals of infrastructural development by all successive governments in the state. It will definitely amount to gross disappointment to the people of our community if the University remains relocated or if the present government fails to site a major project in lieu of the University in our community.” “We therefore, most passionately call on the Governor to reconsider his decision of relocating the University from our community.”