Kinsmen of the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, have issued three weeks ultimatum to Governor Hope Uzodimma to reclaim the private university, Eastern Palm University, built by Okorocha and return same to the state.
This is just as the kinsmen have threatened to institute a court action if the government failed to take over the property.
The Orlu kinsmen of Senator Okorocha, who spoke under the aegis of Orluzurumee Youth Assembly, in a letter addressed to Governor Uzodimma and dated May 18, 2020, said they were dismayed by the inexplicable neglect of the Eastern Palm University in Ogboko by the Imo State Government.
The letter, dated May 18, 2020 and signed by Comrade Christian Okolie as chairman of the education committee and Comrade Ugochukwu Okoro as secretary, reads that the silence of Governor Uzodimma has fanned a lot of insinuations over the ownership of the institution and has bolstered the audacity of “some pretenders” who lay claims thereto.
The letter reads in part: “We recall with great sadness that the condition precedent which justified the revocation of ancestral lands of the host communities by the government was that the tertiary academic institution would serve public interest. Every instrument establishing the university is clear on this.
As a result, we demand that the Imo State government immediately put the school to use within three weeks or give back the lands to their owners. If the government fails to do so, we shall not hesitate to institute a legal action against the government.”