Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha says he may recruit new set of academic and non-academic staff for the Imo State University, IMSU, and privatize the institution if the workers fail to call off their strike.
Speaking in Owerri on Monday, Okorocha accused the lecturers of sabotage, wondering why they were revolting, even though the emoluments they received were higher than what obtained in other state universities in the South-East geo-political zone.
He 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.”
Okorocha said although he made an earlier promise of N800 million to the school, the non-redemption of same was not enough reason to shut down the university.
He said: “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.”