[From Collins Ughalaa, Owerri]
Imo Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba, Wednesday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the request for the establishment of a Federal Science and Technical Secondary School in the state.
The Commissioner disclosed this while briefing journalists after the weekly Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, saying that the ground breaking ceremony of the College sited at Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area of the state had already been done.
The Commissioner for Information was joined at the briefing by the Commissioner for Education, Prof Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mrs. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku.
Emelumba said that the State Government was grateful to President Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Education for finding Imo State suitable to site the Federal institution.
In a related development, Emelumba said that Imo State was seriously considering a date for the soonest resumption of tertiary institutions in the state so that the students who have been at home as a result of the prolonged ASUU strike can “resume and continue with their studies because they are tired.”
He said that one critical concern to the Government is the noticeable indifference shown by Imo citizens to the Executive Order on the wearing of face masks as a major tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the State.
He added that the Exco has directed security agencies to henceforth enforce the order comprehensively in the interest of the health of Imo people.
He reiterated that wearing of face mask, observation of other Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, regular washing of hands, use of alcohol based sanitizer where there is no water, in Imo State to avoid resurgence of Corona virus is still compulsory.
According to the Commissioner, the Covid-19 community testing is still ongoing and will soon be completed in all the 27 local government areas of Imo State, noting that reports from the exercise indicate that the rate of spread from areas covered is very low, hence the need for the citizens to obey all the protocols.
Emelumba also disclosed that the new Commissioner of Police residence has been completed, furnished and commissioned by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, when he visited the State recently, and that the Police Command in the State had expressed their gratitude to the Government and people of Imo State.