Following rumours in the media that Imo State Government is poised to rename the newly recovered Eastern Palm University from former Governor Rochas Okorocha, a 2019 governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and former Chairman of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr. Sam Amadi, has advised the Government to consider renaming the Univerity after late Nnanna Ukaegbu, before K.O. Mbadiwe.
The Government had on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, during its Executive Council meeting adopted the White Paper report on the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Land Use and Related Matters, which categorised the University as State owned institution.
Addressing the press after the Executive Council meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba, disclosed that the University was recognised by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as the 42nd State owned University in the country and that public fundswere expended building it.
Commenting on the renaming of the University, Dr. Amadi said: “There should have been an Nnanna Ukegbu University before a K.O. Mbadiwe University. K.O was a great man but Ukegbu who established the first private university in Nigeria, chaired the council that upgraded and expanded Alvana Ikoku College of Education and established more than 3 reputable secondary schools in Imo State have done more for Education and ought to have a university named in his honor before K.O. Mbadiwe.
K.O. had a great education from Columbia and New York University, like Ukegbu had at University of London. Both of them were outstanding parliamentarians in the first republic. But Ukegbu devoted himself to the vocation of learning and teaching more than K.O, especially with the establishment of TEDEM university systems which Mbakwe and Buhari spoiled”.