Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has threatened to privatise the Imo State University if striking workers do not call off their action. Labour unions in the institution commenced an indefinite strike in March over non-payment of salaries
According to Okorocha, the university staff get higher salaries than their counterparts in the South-East. The governor who admitted that he has not fulfilled his promise of N800 million to the school said that that was not enough rason to shut down the school.
According to TODAY.ng, Okorocha said:
A comparative analysis has been made with other state universities in the South-East zone and it was discovered that Imo pays far more than other states. IMSU workers only argued that the institution offers qualitative studies than the other state-owned universities in the South-East.
Honestly, if the workers fail to call off the strike, I will hire new teachers and concession the university to any willing investor, in the interest of our children.
I have discovered that most IMSU lecturers are not happy with the free education programme of my administration. They want it to fail. Perhaps, they want the students to pay school fees and this is not what I am prepared to accommodate.