The legislators oppose the governor’s move to relocate the School of Health Science, Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area to Orlu.
The Imo State House of Assembly has restrained the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, from going ahead with his proposal to relocate the School of Health Science, Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area, to Orlu.
The governor was restrained following a motion moved by Ugonna Ozurigbo (representing Nwangele) on Wednesday at a plenary session in the assembly chambers.
Mr. Ozurigbo argued that such plans would lead to political imbalance in the distribution of social amenities in the state.
He said that the institution was the only government presence in the entire four local governments that made up a federal constituency where the institution was located.
Mr. Ozurigbo said that the host communities of the institution had over the years rendered selfless services to sustain the institution. He wondered why the governor would want to deny the people the only government presence in their area.
He said that rather than removing the institution from its original site, the government should appropriate more money to upgrade the institution to a university.
The legislator disclosed that the host communities would be willing to donate their lands for such project. He said that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, had earlier promised to invest millions of Naira to improve on the institution’s infrastructure.
He warned that if the institution was relocated as proposed by the governor, the entire host communities would suffer untold hardship.
Mr. Okorocha had earlier announced his plan to relocate the School of Health Science Amigbo to Orlu and merge it with the existing school of nursing in Orlu.
Simeon Iwunze (PDP Isiala/Mbano) said that the proposed plan to relocate the institution is unnecessary because it would only lead to unreasonable expenses.
He said that since there was an existing School of Nursing in Orlu, the government should improve on the two institutions and allow their existence in their various locations.
Ikenna Emeh (PDP Isu) supported the motion, pointing out that if Rochas Okorocha is allowed to relocate the institution, the state would stand the chance of losing CBN aids.
Samuel Anyawu (PDP Ikeduru) said that such relocation plans could cause political unrest in the state, adding that the governor should be discouraged from such plans.
Victor Mere (APGA Owerri Municipal) opposed the motion, saying that the governor’s initiative to relocate the institution is in the right direction.
He said that the institution needed to be relocated to Orlu where it would be merged with the existing school of nursing in the areas.
Mr. Mere argued that such merger would enhance academic excellence.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Benjamine Uwajimogu, adopted the motion based on majority votes.