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Imo assembly denies passing Islamic varsity bill, others

[FILES] Imo State Assembly<br />PHOTO: Imo State Government

Imo State House of Assembly has denied passing any bill on establishment of an Islamic university in the state.

There had been speculations in the state that the assembly signed a bill for the establishment of an Islamic university.

A statement signed at the weekend by the chief press secretary of the speaker, Marcel Ekwezuo, read in part: “The Imo State House of Assembly says it did not pass any bill for the establishment of an Islamic university. Instead, the house passed bills for the establishment of Chosen University and Bishop Shanahan Polytechnic among other people-oriented bills.”

It added that the house passed “a bill for a law to establish schools of nursing and midwifery owned by faith-based organisations and other private establishments in Imo.”

The decision to pass the bill, The Guardian gathered, was because the House had earlier passed into law a similar bill to establish Imo Catholic Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, which gave rise to various or Christian denominations to seek government’s recognition of their schools of nursing and midwifery.

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