Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), has tackled Governor Nyesom Wike’s artfully contrived stratagem to waste a whooping N9 billion in his planned establishment of three (3) new campuses of the Rivers State University (RSU) in three different senatorial locations of the State. Eze said men of conscience are yet to recover from the shock of the news, describing it as another tragic magic in his usual confused and deranged style of project execution in Rivers State.
According to a statement signed by Eze and made available to Standard Daily Times, said albeit a decentralized university system is good especially, to afford people in the hinterlands access to tertiary education without the hurdle of embarking on the distant journey to the city for academic pursuit, but cashing on that footing to waste the scarce resources of the State and nourish individual pockets is ghastly vexatious and shocks to the marrow.
He lamented over the award of fresh N9 billion when the ultra-modern prototype Secondary schools built by Amaechi have been abandoned to rot is flamboyant idiocy.
“Tears will always row down the cheeks of travellers each time they pass through places such as Okehi in Etche, Ogbakiri in Emohua etc and find these sprawling projects which are over 80% complete overtaken by thick forests under a Governor who prides himself as Mr. Project.”
He further frown at how Wike out of myopic and shortsightedness destroyed the educational future of Rivers State a seasoned Journalist based in Lagos sent this text to me, “Chief, I will like to write on this, when you get it out! I was in one of the model schools at Eleme-Onne axis (Ambassador Nene Burubo Model School) during my recent visit to Rivers State and I wept at the crass neglect of the imposing facilities, due to bitter political rivalry since 2015”.
“Almost all the people oriented projects initiated under the government of Amaechi such as the Songhai Farms, Auto-Destruct Syringe project at Rumuosi, Etche Agric Village, Banana Plantation scheme, Fish farms among others suffer same fate”.
He said it is an act of sheer financial recklessness and wasteful venture to build new campuses when the world-class twenty-four (24) model Secondary Schools built by the Chibuike Amaechi led state government across all local government areas in Rivers State and abandoned to rot under the current administration, can serve same purpose.
“Instead of wasting N9bn to build campuses of the RSU in three different LGAs costing N3bn each, Wike should rather use the N4Bn World Class Secondary Schools in each senatorial zone that have been abandoned under his watch, to serve the purpose”.
It will be recalled that the Rivers State Government had on Wednesday, February 10, told the world how Gov Wike had released the sum of N16.6 billion for the so-called upgrade of facilities at the Rivers Sate University (RSU). Announcing the release to journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim said N9 billion of that sum would serve as takeoff grant for the establishment of new campuses of Rivers State University (RSU) in Ahoada, Emohua and Etche Local Government Areas.
“The project is just a repetition of what is already on ground in each of the senatorial zones of the state and therefore, the current scheme will amount to nothing but an avenue for the Governor, his cronies, allies and agents to cash out big and reform their purses,” Eze expressed