A bill sponsored by the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday, passed the first reading on the floor of the senate.
The bill was targeted at extending free and compulsory education programme from the Junoir Secondary School 3 to the Senior Secondary School 3.
The former Imo State Governor in a statement released through his media office noted that the bill, when passed into law, would ensure that Nigerian children have access to quality education up to senior secondary school level.
Okorocha further stated that the Federal Government free education policy at the moment only captured those from primary to junior secondary school levels.
The Senator in his statement noted that the bill tagged: ‘Free Universal Education Act Amendment Bill’, is a people-oriented bill.
The Lawmaker prayed that the bill would be given an accelerated hearing and subsequent assent by the executive.
In the statement, it was also revealed that the former governor of Imo State established the Rochas Foundation colleges across most parts of Nigeria long before he became governor.
It was revealed that the Senator has always been an advocate of equal access to qualitative education by all Nigerian and African children.
The statement added that Okorocha was the first governor in the country to fully implement the free education policy across all levels of education.