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Concern at postponement of Rivers scholarship scheme

03 December 2015, 10:33Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed sadness at the alleged decision to terminate the state’s overseas scholarship scheme.

It is feared the decision by the current administration of Governor Nyesom Wike to withdraw sponsorship of the scheme initiated by immediate past governor, Rotimi Amaechi, would see scores of scholars return home without completing their studies.

“The APC is inclined to believe strong speculations in the air that this very wicked action by the governor is aimed at indirectly punishing a handful of parents and guardians who may have relationships with some of the students. This is how low the mission of vengeance by the Wike government can get,” said APC Rivers spokesman, Chris Finebone.

“We feel very worried that innocent young sons and daughters of our dear state are being made to live with injured psyche all their lives because a vengeful governor is on rampage looking for pound of flesh to exact.

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Indeed, not one of these children will ever overcome the pains and anguish this truncation of their ambition will bring to them for the rest of their lives on earth. Sadly, this governor does not get it.”

Finebone said the APC was consulting widely with parents, guardians and leaders of thought of Rivers State and would make a comprehensive response to the decision “aimed at killing the future of a generation of Rivers youths.”

“The APC wishes to announce to traumatised parents and guardians that whereas Nyesom Wike is demonstrating that he has the power to truncate the future of our children’s education by terminating their scholarships and bringing them home in the most humiliating manner, those children will return to their schools as soon as the rightful governor assumes office in Rivers State, God willing.”

It has been alleged some scholarships under the Rivers State Overseas Scholarship Scheme had been fraudulently secured, hence the moves to stop it.

Recently, 19 beneficiaries of the scheme studying in the United Kingdom returned home without completing their programmes due to the failure of the state government to pay their tuition fees. 

- CAJ News


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