Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, is yet to be issued a Certificate of Occupancy on the unrevealed size of land the state government allotted to it 27 years ago.
The university has also till date not been given its take-off grant despite the actions being made by the governing council and managed to get it acquitted.
The issuance of the C of O was tabled before the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday, by the sixth Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, during a visit to the Government House in Umuahia in the company of the Chairman of the MOUAU visitation panel, Prof. Suleiman.
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The Visitation Panel Chairman emphasized the need for the issuance of the land document to curb encroachment, clarifying that the purpose of constituting the visitation panel by the President is to evaluate performance of the university in governance, academic standard, management of finances, members of staff and student relationships, among others.
Ikpeazu, in his reaction, authorized the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem, to instantly formalise the issuance of the C of O to the university and pledged to assist the visitation panel execute its assignment.
He stated that his government would strengthen its partnership with the university to create a more powerful economy and also set up Agro-based cottage industries, especially in palm kernel processing, cassava processing and rice milling in the 17 local councils of the state.