Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Imo State Chapter, have felicitated with Governor Hope Uzodimma on his 64th birthday, on December 12, with a pledge to buy the reelection form for the Governor next year.
The students said that Governor Uzodimma has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he has the capacity to lead Imo State to an enviable height and should be encouraged to seek re-election next year.
Rejoicing with the Governor on his birthday when they visited him at Government House Owerri on Monday, the NANS leadership said that considering the several gestures of the Governor to students of Imo State origin and NANS in general, they will purchase the Governorship Nomination Form for him when the time comes.
Vice President of NANS, Comrade Victor Ezenagu said they came to appreciate the Governor on his birthday and to remind him of his numerous gestures to Imo Students, especially the role he played during NANS election that saw an Imo Student emerge as the National Vice President.
Furthermore, he said the efforts the Governor made to convince the Federal Government to make the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri a University Teaching Hospital and Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, a University of Education, are efforts the Governor made that should require encouragement.
Again, the students thanked the Governor for making them comfortable by embarking on the Naze/Ihiagwa road project which they said has made their movement safe and smooth “but most importantly, the ICT empowerment programme through the Ministry of Digital Economy and E-Governance which the Governor launched recently as ‘Skill-Up Project’ for Imo Youths.”
Like Oliver twist, Comrade Ezenagu on behalf of his colleagues appealed to the Governor for assistance in the areas of mobility for the nine different institutions in Imo State which he put at over 3.1million Nigerian students with about 75% being Imo indigenes, to enable them go for student’s programmes.
The students sincerely congratulated the Governor for his birthday and wished him a Happy and Prosperous Birthday.
They also presented him with a birthday Cake which the Governor and some members of the Executive Council in conjunction with the Students cut at the occasion.
Expressing his gratitude to the students, Governor Uzodimma thanked the Students for finding it fit and proper to celebrate him with a special gift.
In his words: “I will continue to encourage National Association of Nigerian Students and Imo youths in general because they represent the future of Imo State and Nigeria in general.”
The Governor added that they are the new leadership of the state and the nation in general with new ideas that will propel the nation to a greater height.
He prayed that what they have done today those coming after them will do better in future, promising to do his best to process their request even if in segments.
The Governor also expressed happiness that the students that visited him represent all strata of the society, noting that they represent culture and tradition by their dress mode, represent the legislature and even the judiciary.
He said what he has seen in the NANS Imo Chapter is the best so far in Nigeria and enjoined them to always be good citizens and ambassadors of the State.
Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor