The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has alleged that the administration of his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi had the spirit of demolition, stating that this manifested in the destruction of foundation of basic and secondary education in the state.
He also disclosed that his administration inherited a rot of unimaginable dimension in the education sector from the Amaechi government, as he stated that the current Rivers government is driven by the happiness of the people.
Wike stated this while addressing journalists after projects inspection on Saturday, as he decried the situation where the Rivers state APC has descended to the lowest level by involving school children in politicking.
In its response, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers accused Wike’s government of collapsing the education sector. The opposition party alleged that despite abandoning education in Rivers, Wike recently donated the sum of ₦500million to a private university.
Wike had stated that Amaechi awarded contracts for 425 schools, but delivered only 170 schools, abandoning the rest after state resources had been committed.
He said, “We feel so bad that people begin to play politics when they know that they caused the development crisis in the state. Like we have said, we are not here to give excuses. But they should be able to admit that they caused the problem.”
The governor revealed that several schools were demolished by his predecessor with the promise that they would be rebuilt, only for the past administration to fail in her obligation to the schools.
“If they understand the rot that we inherited, if they understand what the last administration did to the state education sector, nobody will complain. We are working hard to correct the anomalies, complete the schools, build new schools and reposition the education sector.
“The immediate past administration had the spirit of demolition. They brought down schools, without any plans to rebuild them.
“Now we are going to publish the book compiled by the Economic Advisory Council of the Amaechi administration.
“Out of the 425 schools that contracts were awarded for construction, only 170 schools were completed. All the other schools were abandoned and we are completing them.
“When we complete any of their abandoned projects, they engage in propaganda that the project had reached 90 per cent completion.
“My happiness is that Rivers people have seen the truth. They have seen the difference. No amount of blackmail or propaganda can change anything.
“We have worked hard to transform the state. What motivates us is that our people are happy,” Wike said.
Reacting in a statement by the Rivers APC chairman’s spokesman, Chukwuemeka Eze, the party said, “The total collapse of the education sector of Rivers State was further showcased by students of Secondary School cadre in the very heart of Port Harcourt when they decided to take their destiny in their hands by taking to the streets to protest.
“The protested lack of teachers and classrooms blocks in their schools insisting that they be relocated to the model Secondary Schools built by the administration of Amaechi which Wike has kept under lock and key as they can’t continue to study under unfavourable environment any more.”
“We have not forgotten so soon how Wike wickedly stopped the scholarship scheme instituted by Amaechi to assist indigent and bright children of Rivers State to have a better future thereby forcing most of these students studying abroad into prostitution and other criminal acts in foreign countries.
“The protest and pleads from some of these students in the streets of London failed on deaf ears.
“To worsen the plight of the Education sector of the State, Wike appointed one political jobber named Mr. Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja who spends most of his time sleeping in his office instead of attending to files that have accumulated so much without any space to keep them to completely decimate the education system.
“With a Governor who detests education with a passion coupled with an inept Commissioner who lacks ideas on how to improve the sector why should anybody be shocked of the pitiable condition of our education sector in Rivers State under Wike.”