Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi, member for Owerri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has given an assurance that President Muhammadu Buhari would soon revisit his decision in reversing the upgrading of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE), Owerri and three other colleges of education to universities.
The Federal lawmaker dropped the hint when he received students of his constituency, comprising Owerri North, Owerri West and Owerri Municipal, who visited him under the banner of Owerri Students Interest Forum (OSIF) in association with Hon. Ezenwa Cork Shell Entertainment Club and Owerri Students Humanitarian Support Scheme.
Hon. Onyewuchi, who hails from Orji, in the Owerri North LGA, said the House of Representatives based on its conviction that the President was misadvised by some vested interests into downgrading the institutions unanimously adopted a motion which he moved on the floor of the House urging the president to rescind the policy.
He added that the house had also followed that up with the invitation of Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of Education, for discussions on how to achieve the reversal.
Onyewuchi said that the lower legislative chamber took up the crusade on the issue because of its belief that establishing specialised institutions for the training and production of specialised personnel is the norm all over the world.
He stressed that with the level of work done so far by the House on the issue, the expectation of the people arising from the upgrading of the institution to a university would soon come to function as the presidency is favourably disposed to acceding to the request of the House.
Comrade Prince Okere, President of the group, had extolled the lawmaker’s representation as quite impressive, going by his record of achievements which, he said, include the recent launch of his skills acquisition scheme which has the capacity to train and empower 250 youths and women, inauguration of women co-operatives in all autonomous communities with the provision of seven-seater KEKE tricycle and plan to launch a second phase.
The students, however, urged him to use his office and contacts to assist them to tackle some of the challenges and difficulties currently facing them.