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
“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
- CAJ News