IMO State Government has directed that any student seeking admission into any of the state-owned tertiary institutions must possess Igbo Language at credit level.
Rochas Okorocha stated this while inaugurating the board of Ikemba Ojukwu Convention Centre, Owerri. The board is chaired by the former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. George Obiozor, while the Director General and Chief Executive is the former Minister of Education, Prof. Fabian Osuji.
Imo State University (IMSU) and Imo State Polytechnic are some higher institutions owned by Imo State Government.
Okorocha noted that the requirement of Igbo Language for any prospective student into any of the state’s tertiary institutions was to ensure that the language and culture were preserved.
He noted that the centre was put in place to preserve and showcase the culture of the people of Ndigbo. Late Dim Ojukwu’s son, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Jnr., in his speech, said the family was glad by the way his father was honoured through the centre.
The Speaker of the State Assembly, Chief Benjamin Uwajimogu and the Chairman of the state Council of Traditional rulers, Eze Sam Ohiri, said the establishment of the centre was by creation of the law in the assembly, stressing that the research, culture and tradition of Ndigbo would be projected through the centre.