The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, has revealed the Federal Government determination to resolve the land dispute between the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), authority and the host communities
Nwajiuba disclosed this when he led a delegation from the Federal University of Technology, FUTO to pay a courtesy call on Governor Emeka Ihedioha at Government House, Owerri, Friday.
He said the Federal Ministry of Education decided to review its position on the FUTO land issue because of the renewed spirit and commitment demonstrated by the state government to end the lingering dispute.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government is ready to resolve the land dispute in collaboration with the state government through dialogue anchored on a healthy relationship.
He disclosed that the peaceful resolution of the dispute is geared towards ensuring academic activities continue at the institution unhindered.
Responding, Ihedioha assured the Federal Government of the commitment of his administration to collaborate with it, to find lasting solution to the lingering land dispute at FUTO.
He stated that his commitment to resolving the land dispute is in line with the priority his administration has placed on education and amicable conflict resolution in the state, noting that Imo State is known for its high literacy level in the country.
“We have a common goal in the area of education because education is very important to us in Imo State. We will dialogue with you to achieve the desired results” Ihedioha noted.
The FUTO delegation was led by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Board, Prof. John Ofem; Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Francis Eze; Registrar, John Nnabuihe, the Public Relations Officer, Mrs Uche Bright- Nwelue and others.
Among those present at the meeting include, Imo State Commissioner for Education, Prof. (Mrs) Viola Onwuliri; Chief Technical Adviser to the Governor, Barr. Pascal Madu; Political Adviser to the Governor, Hon. Jones Onyeriri, Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical and Vocational Education; Hon Oliver Enwerenem; SSA on Lands to the Governor, Mr. Steve Onu; Ken Njemanze, SAN, and Chairman Owerri West LGA, Hon. Innocent Ekenma.