The All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State chapter has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of wicked neglect of the educational sector in the state. According to the opposition Party in Rivers, the governor runs an insensitive government that has declared itself an enemy to the youths.
The Party stated this in reaction to the Save Our Soul (SOS) message 16 stranded final year medical students, who are under the sponsorship of the Rivers State Government abroad, sent to stakeholders in the state, alleging neglect by the Wike-led government.The student had said “His Excellency, Barr. Nyesom Wike has promised severally to pay our tuition and upkeep, however we have not received upkeep allowance for 2 years and 10 months and all 16 of us were suspended from school in September, 2016 (2 months to our scheduled graduation date of November 2016).
“Ever since our suspension 12 months ago, we have been staying at home, we don’t eat if we do not beg, landlords have thrown several students outside whilst threatening legal actions to recover unpaid rent.”However, in a statement by Davies Ibiamu Ikany, the APC State Chairman, the Party said; “After due and careful study of the Save Our Soul (SOS) call by the 16 stranded final year medical students from Rivers State, Wike’s decision to stop their sponsorship is not only condemnable but unacceptable to us in Rivers State APC.
“Today, the State is suffering because of the wicked neglect of our educational sector by ‘Mr. Disaster’ as he has ruined and stopped the offer of free education up to secondary school level, abolition of all fees in schools, annual oversees scholarships in strategic branches of knowledge, establishment of skills acquisition institutions to draw attention to self-employment and entrepreneurship.
“What is it that Wike has not done to demonstrate his disdain for a better future for our youths as we note with regret and sadness his efforts in the destruction of the legacies that Rivers State people are known and noted for?
“Today, under his watch, Rivers State is now a laughing stock with all that we are known for bastardised.“Today, Rivers State is known as Rivers of Blood were the sanctity of human life makes no meaning; den of dustbin where criminals are more respected than educated and enlighten citizens of the State.“Today, it is sad that Wike prefers to waste Rivers State funds in pursuance of his political relevance and Vice Presidential ambition to the detriment of the education and future of our youths.
“As we weep for our youths and share in their agony and grief, let us take consolation to the fact that the God we serve is still on His Throne as we are very convinced that He will assist us to regain our State as soon as possible.”
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