'Get To The Root' - Gov Otti Wants To Know Why There Was Unrest At Michael Okpara University

2024-03-13 08:55:37

The Whistler Nigeria

Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has called for a thorough investigation into the recent student protests at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. The protests, sparked by a increase in student fees, resulted in the university's closure.

During a meeting with the university management on Tuesday, Dr. Otti stressed the importance of identifying the underlying reasons behind the student unrest. He emphasized that a comprehensive investigation, free from preconceived notions, is crucial to prevent future disruptions.

"It is important that you get to the root of the matter," Governor Otti stated. "If the investigation panel does not do a thorough job, you may not get to the root and one of the ways to solve a problem is not to prejudge it. That (prejudging) will close your mind to every other suggestion."

The Governor pledged his commitment to collaborating with the university administration and other stakeholders to facilitate the resumption of full academic activities. He acknowledged the negative impact of academic disruptions on students' education and future prospects.

Governor Otti also announced the planned establishment of an Agricultural Business Incubation Centre at the university. He directed the Commissioner for Agriculture and the Principal Secretary to the Governor to collaborate with the university on this initiative. Additionally, the Governor assured the university administration that a longstanding legal dispute with the Abia State Internal Revenue Service would be resolved through an out-of-court settlement. He stated, "There is no way, we as a government would take you to court... We are going to look into it and discontinue it. It doesn't make sense."

Governor Otti further committed to addressing the university's ongoing challenge of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy for its land. He plans to involve the university and its surrounding communities in finding a solution to this issue.

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