The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has disclosed that the state-owned Imo State University (IMSU) will be renamed to Mallam Abba Kyari University saying that the late Chief of Staff died as a patriot.
This was revealed via a statement signed and released Today, April 20 by the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwuike Nwachuku.
The Governor made this call when the management staff of the university led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adaobi Obasi paid him a visit at the Executive Chambers of the Imo State Government House.
The Governor went on to say that Mallam Abba Kyari played a pivotal role in the liberation of Imo State and no gesture is too big for a man who died as a patriot.
The Governor also said that consultations are underway with relevant stakeholders both in the education sector and in the State to critically look at the situation and take a decision.
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The Governor urged the management staff of IMSU to live up to expectation, while pointing out that his Administration is very committed to quality education in the State and that Imo State University as the epicenter can not be left behind.
The University management through the VC commended the Governor for a job well done so far. She also called on all and sundry to support His Excellency to succeed.
It is yet to be seen, how stake holders and the people of Imo State will react to this recent development.
THE GOVERNOR REPLIES THE REPORT
The Imo state government says it did not issue the statements on Hope Uzodinma claiming to have been made governor by Abba Kyari, late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kyari, who died from complications of COVID-19 on Friday, was buried at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja on Saturday.
A report online had claimed that Uzodinma, in his condolence message to the president, said he would immortalise the late Kyari over the role he played in his emergence as governor.
The report also claimed that the governor hinted that plans were in place to rename the state-owned Imo State University to Mallam Abba Kyari University.
But in a statement on Monday, Oguwike Nwachuku, chief press secretary to the governor, said Uzodinma neither said Kyari made him governor nor promised to rename the state university after the late chief of staff.
Nwachuku described the reports linking the late chief of staff to Uzodinma’s governorship victory at the supreme court as fake.
“Since last weekend that Kyari passed on, the same persons have been issuing press statements, forging the logo of government and the name of Mr. Nwachuku with the intent to deceive Imolites in particular and the public in general into believing their propaganda and fake news to be real,” he said.
“In one of such fake statements they issued and also circulated on social media, they mischievously credited Governor Uzodimma to have said he would immortalise Kyari for “making him Governor.”
“How would any person believe the complete trash that Governor Uzodimma will in a condolence letter say that the late Chief of Staff to the President made him governor of Imo State?
“It was their desperation to deepen the propaganda and criminal intents that drove them to the latest fake news of purported renaming of Imo State University after Kyari, something that only exists in the imagination of their tiny brain’s imagination.
“For the avoidance of doubt, let it be known that the two statements in reference were not issued by the office of the CPS/Media Adviser.
“We also advise the reading public to take fake news seriously and make conscious efforts to identify the promoters and ensure that they join others who stand against fake news globally to make their trade unattractive.