Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti has expressed his willingness to partner private educational institutions to foster education in the state and beyond.
Governor Otti made this known at the 8th convocation ceremony of Gregory University, Uturu (GUU). He said,
“let us collectively strive for a harmonious collaboration between the government, educational institutions, and the private sector. This synergy is vital for creating an ecosystem where innovation, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking thrive.”
The Governor who spoke through his special Adviser on Education,Dr Kenechukwu Nwosu stated that collaborative efforts between the government and academic institutions pave the way for initiatives that transcend traditional boundaries.
According to him, partnerships are pivotal for driving innovation, research, and the development of a skilled workforce, adding that,
“Gregory University Uturu, with its commitment to academic excellence and practical entrepreneurial training, becomes a cornerstone in shaping the future of our state.”
Governor Otti recalled that his administration allocated 20% of the state’s 2024 budget to the education sector in recognition of the pivotal role education plays in shaping the destiny of members of the society.
“The South East states, including Abia, consistently produce a high number of candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions. Thus, investment in the education sector becomes imperative, and our government’s commitment is commendable. This dedication aligns with the values upheld by visionary leaders like Nnamdi Azikiwe and Michael Okpara, who understood that education brings glory and honor to our people. ”
He appreciated the GUU’s distinctive features, saying that,
“the designation of undergraduates as “Scholars,” a full residency policy, and a focus on practical entrepreneurial training, set it apart in the educational landscape. The dedication to language acquisition, exchange programs, and a diverse array of academic offerings further underscores GUU’s commitment to achieving global prominence.”
He called on other well meaning Abians at home and in diaspora to leverage the uncommon transformation going on in Abia State and the enabling environment provided in the educational sector to come forward to invest and collaborate with the government in the sector.
Dr. Otti congratulated the graduands of the university who have demonstrated excellence in character and learning and urged them to make positive impact to the society.