Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday announced a 50per cent reduction in the tuition fees of non-indigenes in state-owned tertiary institutions.
The governor said his administration would pay the balance as an extension of its free education programme.
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Okorocha spoke in Owerri, the state capital, when the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and Student Union Governments (SUGs) of tertiary institutions in the state visited him at the Government House.
The gesture is for non-indigenes in Imo State University, Imo State Polytechnic and College of Health Sciences, Amaigbo, whose counterparts of Imo origin are enjoying free education.
Okorocha restated the commitment of his administration to making education free at all levels.
The governor urged his counterparts in other states to adopt similar measures to create opportunities for Nigerian students in other tertiary institutions to enjoy free education.