The Imo State House of Assembly has recommended the relocation of St Vincent Mortuary located near the Umuakanu, Ehime Mbano campus of the Imo State Polytechnic.
The House submitted that the proximity of the morgue is undermining the development of the Polytechnic
The House made the recommendation on Thursday,, March 31 when its Committee of the Whole considered the report of its Committee on Education.
The people of Umunakanu Community had cabled a petition titled: “Effort Undermining the Development and Progress of Imo State Polytechnic Ehime Mbano Campus; a Call for Intervention ” which was referred to the House Committee on Education.
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The Umunakanu Community complained about many things including the insensitivity of the Polytechnic authority to its corporate social responsibility, duplication of seven courses offered in Ehime Mbano Umunakanu Campus in its Orlu campus leading to students who were offered admission at Ehime Mbano campus relocating to Orlu campus because of its near urban status.
The petition also stated that while no member of the host community is part of the academic staff, the fund meant for the development of the campus was also diverted to Orlu campus just as no person from Okigwe Zone is a member of the governing board of the institution.
The House Committee on Education led by Phillip Ejiogu, discovered that St Vincent Mortuary, which is located close to the institution accounts for why most students are relocating from the Umuakanu Campus to the Orlu Campus of the Polytechnic.
The Committee also found out that the government of Rochas Okoocha, released the sum of N5 million to Chief Emma Burkar, then Commissioner of Science and Technology, for the relocation of the mortuary and wondered why the relocation was not carried out.
The committee further stated that in their interaction, the Rector of the institution claimed ignorance of most of the issues, but said the issue of course duplication was already handled by a Technical Committee set up by the government.
According to the committee, the rector also explained that since he assumed office, he has not employed anybody and that no fund meant for Ehime Mbano Campus was diverted.
After due considerations of the petition at the committee of the whole, the House recommended a relocation of the mortuary, an invitation of Chief Emma Burka and other officials of the Institution to explain why the mortuary has not been relocated despite the N5 million that was provided for such purpose.
The House further recommended a facility tour of Ehime Mbano Campus, Umunakanu, be undertaken by House Committee on Education.
Members who lent their voices to the discussion include, Emeka Nduka (Ehime Mbano), Uju Onwudiwe (Njaba), Dominic Ezerioha and Chigozie Nwaneri (Chief Whip.)
Also at the plenary, the member representing Ngor Okpala State Constituency, Blyden Amajirionwu, brought the attention of the House to the television interview in which Solomon Anukam, member representing Owerri Municipal, said that the only gorvernor of the state he recognises is Emeka Ihidioha.
Byden considered this an affront on the government and called on the House to apply possible measures based on the House Rule.
The Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu moved a motion for a adhoc committee that will look into the matter to be constituted.
The Speaker, Kennedy Chidozie Ibeh, who put the motion to voice vote, said such allegation amounts to treason if found to be true.
He therefore announced an adhoc committee led by Dominic Ezerioha to investigate the allegation.
Other members of the committee are Chiiji Collins and Uju Onwudiwe.
The committee is to work with Blyden Amajironwe to investigate the source of the information.
The outcome of their findings will help Blyden in his presentation of the case substantially if confirmed.
He however said the member will be ruled out of order if his claims lack merit.