By Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia
Abia state government has said it would partner one of the leading private universities in Nigeria, Gregory University, Uturu, in developing entrepreneurship studies to create employment in line with the vision of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
The commissioner of Education, Prof. Kelechi Nwangwa, made the declaration when he led a team of top officials from the ministry and some aids of the governor on an official tour of the university.
Speaking during the visit, Prof. Nwangwa commended the chancellor and proprietor of Gregory University, Uturu, Prof. Gregory Ibe, for the courage of envisioning and establishing a higher institution that has the mission of empowering young people with skills and competencies.
The commissioner paid glowing tributes to Prof. Ibe for the launching and sustaining a state-wide campaign against poverty driven illiterate through the award of tuition-free scholarship opportunities to Abia youths and encouraged him not to relent.
According to Prof. Nwangwa, “Our visit is inspired by the good testimonies we heard about your avowed passion and commitment to the establishment of Gregory University, Uturu, and thus provide a platform for the award of tuition free scholarship opportunities to indigent Abia youths. Having, therefore, seen the high standard of your academic programme especially in the area of entrepreneurship studies, it will be our desire to collaborate with your institution towards realizing the Education to Employment vision of the state”.
In his response, Prof. Ibe reiterated the willingness of the university to continue supporting Abia state government to sustain her enviable position as the best state in education sector in the country.