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COMMUNIQUÉ FROM A MEETING BETWEEN THE HON. COMMISSIONER FOR
EDUCATION DR. (BAR.) OBINNA DURUJI AND IMO CITIZENS RESIDENT ABROAD, TODAY 2ND
- On this day January 2, 2002 the Imo State citizens resident in the USA
and Europe, met with the Hon. Commissioner for Education, Imo State – Dr.
Obinna Duruji, at his instance, at the conference hall of the Ministry of
- Those present at the meeting reflected a cross section of Imo indigenes
in the various states in America.
- At the meeting the Hon Commissioner for Education briefed the attendees
on the efforts of his Ministry geared towards the revitalization of education
in all its ramifications, including but not limited to library development-
in such a manner that one branch is established in every local government
area, the re-establishment of inter school sports competition and literary
debates, and promotion of computer literacy.
- It was clear that the Hon. Commissioner was very focused and has great
vision for the improvement of education in the state. He appealed to the Imo
citizens in the USA to assist him in any way they could to improve education
in Imo State. These include, but not limited to the donation of computers,
collection of books for the libraries and donation of cups and trophies, as
well as, sponsoring of inter school debates and sports competition.
- The Hon. Commissioner announced that he had earlier appointed committees
in some states in the USA, and hoped that the committees would work closely
with him to source educational resources to help Imo State in her education
efforts. He also talked about the need for the Imo citizens in the USA to
work with the cities in the USA, through the Sister-City programme, to
establish sister cities in Imo State. Already, the city of Austin Texas USA
has sister-city relationship with the city of Orlu in Imo State.
- The Hon. Commissioner took the time to brief the attendees on the
achievements of Chief Achike Udenwa administration namely: the re-activation
and renovation of Imo Concorde Hotel, the new Owerri General Hospital at New
Owerri, the new Imo State Secretariat Complex and equipment of Imo Airport
with modern landing facilities for night and day flights. Others include the
construction of International market at Orlu and the revitalization of ITC,
Avutu poultry farm and Adapalm Nigeria limited. Also, the IMSU teaching
hospital complex at Orlu and the establishment of faculty of Engineering at
Okigwe which are on-going, are among the salient achievement of the
- In response to and appreciation of these great efforts by both the Hon.
Commissioner and the Governor, the attendees resolved to support the Udenwa
Administration generally, and the Hon. Commissioner in whatever way possible.
Some attendees immediately pledged computers, books and trophies for sports
competitions. One individual, Mr. Raymond Amaechi- Dallas based pharmacist,
donated in addition to five computers for the Imo State library, a $1.3M
worth of radiology equipment. The Hon. Commissioner assured attendees that
all the equipment and educational infrastructure collected abroad would be
shipped home at government expense.
- The attendees suggested to the Hon. Commissioner to create an agency that
will act as a clearinghouse for the contributions from the USA and other
parts of the world.
- A committee of seven was formed to work closely with the Hon.
Commissioner in furtherance of this wonderful new initiative. Members of the
committee are as follows:
- The attendees also noted with delight, the recent USA based Imo citizens
appointed by the Governor, which reflects His Excellency’s willingness to
reach out to Imo citizens wherever they may live.
- Finally the attendees decried the present trend in which Igbo children no
longer speak Igbo language because their parents have neglected to teach them
Igbo language at home; and welcomed the Hon. Commissioner’s promise to
strengthen the teaching of Igbo language in schools in the state.
Ogaranya Uju Afulezi
Engr. Simon Iberosi
Oshieze Vincent Ehirim