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Abia Today - With Onyema Courage (First Edition)

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This is the first edition of Abia Today! As we promised to bring it to you - This programme will be a continuum with the vision of going live on air one day.

All we required from our esteem readers is only to contribute your quota on what will make our dear state a beautiful and a better place to live.

Today is the first day of the programme, we expect you to use the comment box as a means to communicate with us.

Meanwhile, below is the title of the first edition of Abia Today - by Onyema Courage - a concerned citizen of Abia State.

Abia State: The Educationally Robbed State - With Onyema Courage (Abia Today! 1st Edition)

After the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo came to Umuahia for a day visit to a town hall meeting with the government of Abia state, most people were probably exposed to the fact that Abia state is being rubbed by the federal government in terms of education as a ministry and as a social amenity.

I wouldn't love to compare Abia state to Imo state that have been graced by the federal government with three federal higher institutions or to Lagos state that enjoys more than two federal higher schools. But i will be forced to mention that Abia state is indeed in short of medical doctors,  lawyers,  engineers and graduates of other vital professional courses all because of this imbalance in federal higher institutions as compared to other states. 

Abia State has just Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU)  to boast of as a federal government owned higher institution. Just one! This is quite alarming. Do you know MOUAU does not even offer medicine and surgery,  law and other professional courses?  Do you know Abia State University is the only school offering the above listed disciplines amongst all the tertiary institutions in the state? Do you know Abia State University Uturu has an outrageous tuition fee as compared to federal government owned higher institutions?

This forced many like me to apply for admission in schools in other states where the indigenes of the state has over 90% chance of being offered admission than us.  I remember back in 2012, when I scored a high score in both UTME and POST UTME but couldn't make it to medicine and Surgery at University of Uyo all because am not an akwaibomite.

It's either the federal government accredits Medicine and Surgery,  Law and other professional courses to MOUAU with a federal government owned polytechnic  and college of education or they establish a 'complete' university in real sense in abia state.

If we abians don't stand up for our voices to be heard,  we might end up not being able to raise our kids to the standard of competing with their folks in the labour market. Abia State  should not be left behind as Nigeria evolves to a developed country so i urge the federal government to as a matter of fact address this issue.

What is your view on this?

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