Owerri — Henceforth, all parents, whose children of school age hawk, will be arrested and prosecuted, governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said, disclosing that enabling law to that effect has been passed by the state House of Assembly.
Speaking during the seventh year anniversary of the state's free and qualitative education, held at Heroes' Square, Owerri, on Wednesday, Okorocha said his joy knew no bounds for celebrating the success of the policy.
According to the governor, records available indicated that the free education policy has led to the rise in enrolment figure from 280,000 to over one million.
His words: "My desire is to see that every child of Imo must be educated. I see education as life itself. Hence, I was propelled to introduce free education at all levels. My joy knows no bound that if I finish as governor today, I would have fulfilled my heart desire of eradicating illiteracy in the state.
Today, we have built three more universities, more polytechnics and colleges of education. We shall continue to invest in that direction so that thousands of our children always denied admissions every year even when they meet all the requirements can be taken care of."