We did not pass any bill approving establishment of Islamic university - Imo state assembly

We did not pass any bill approving establishment of Islamic university - Imo state assembly

- The Imo state House of Assembly said it did not pass any bill approving the establishment of an Islamic university in the state

- The state assembly had been under intense criticisms over their alleged plan to pass a bill to back the establishment of an Islamic university

- The state lawmakers, however, said they only passed a bill for a law to establish schools of nursing and midwifery owned by faith-based organisations and other private establishments

The Imo state House of Assembly has reportedly denied plans to make a law that will enable the establishment of an Islamic university in the state.

The chief press secretary to the speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Marcel Ekwezuo, stated this in Owerri, Vanguard reports.

The Imo state House of Assembly had faced intense criticisms following alleged plans to back with a law the establishment of an Islamic university in the state.

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But the State Assembly said it did not pass any bill for the establishment of an Islamic university.

Ekwezuo said: “The Imo state House of Assembly says it did not pass any bill for the establishment of an Islamic university. Instead, the House passed bills for the establishment of Chosen University and Bishop Shanahan Polytechnics among other people-oriented bills passed.

“The House passed a bill for a law to establish schools of nursing and midwifery owned by faith-based organisations and other private establishments in Imo state.

“The decision of the House to pass the bill for establishing schools of nursing and midwifery owned by faith-based organisations and other private establishments in Imo state was because the House had earlier passed into law, a similar bill to establish Imo Catholic Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, which gave rise to various Churches or Christian denominations to seek approval for government recognition for their schools of nursing and midwifery.

“In view of the multiplicity of churches, therefore, the constitutional right of freedom of religion/worship, the House decided to make a single law that can accommodate all other Christian faith-based institutions for the establishment of their schools of nursing and midwifery.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), pledged that if elected as Nigeria’s next president, he would end the lingering strike by university lecturers in the country, from his first day at work.

Atiku made the pledge on Sunday evening at the Silverbird Man of the Year event which took place in Lagos.

The former vice president referred to the ongoing ASUU strike as “disgraceful”; and hence, will receive his first attention as president if voted into office in the February 16 presidential election.

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