The National Universities Commission (NUC) has handed over operating certificate for the Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University to the Imo State Government.
The handing over was performed by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Adamu, at a brief event held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday..
The handover finally puts to rest the tussle over ownership of university between former governor Rochas Okorocha and the Imo State Government.
The Governor Hope Uzodinma administration had seized the university which was previously known as the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, from Okorocha and renamed it as the Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwa University, Ogboko, Imo State.
With the handover, the NUC has recognized and approved the operational license of Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University Ogboko, Imo State, as the 42nd state-owned university in Nigeria.
While presenting the certificate, Professor Abubarkar Adamu Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, congratulated Governor Uzodimma and assured him of the commission’s readiness to assist the state in her academic strides.
The Imo State House of Assembly had passed a bill establishing the K. O Mbadiwe University in February and renamed it from Eastern Palm University to Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwa University, Ogboko.
By the NUC recognition, all is now set for the institution to offer full academic activities for accredited courses.