Imo State Makes Free Education Compulsory, Set To Punish Defaulters


Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has directed the 27 sole administrators of local government areas in the state to set up a task force that will apprehend children of school age who hawk or loiter about during school hours. Governor Okorocha, who gave the directive at the Government House, recently, said that government made the free education compulsory because of its desire to eradicate illiteracy in the state.

He described knowledge as power, saying that his administration was desirous of empowering every youth of the state through the provision of qualitative education and called on parents to reciprocate the gesture.

The governor said that it is a crime for any child of the state not to go school, saying that the parent of such a child breaches his fundamental human rights. Governor Okorocha explained that his administration has provided free school uniforms to children of primary and post primary schools in the state and had equally provided them with desks and chairs because of the interest his administration attaches to education. He then called for cooperation of the people to enable the free education programme of his administration to succeed.

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