Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has accused the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike of gradually killing the educational system in Rivers State.
Peterside who is also one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, expressed worry over the poor state of public schools in the various local government areas of the state.
He said away from the poor state of facilities in the schools, the government schools are also lacking teachers. apart from the poor state of facilities, many public schools are lacking teachers in many areas, leading to the poor performance of students in junior and secondary examinations.
The NIMASA boss also condemned the increase in school fees at the Rivers State University, as he accused the government of lacking focus in the absence of scholarship and bursary awards. “Go round many public schools in the state today, they are nothing to write home about. They are lacking teachers, facilities and basic tools of teaching. The available teachers have also not been promoted in the last five years.
No teacher has been sent for any form of training or the other, teaching aids are just not there. “The last time any recruitment or promotion took place was during the Chibuike Amaechi’s administration more than four years ago. How do you get the best out of people when they are not motivated? “Since Wike became governor, he has,a not built or renovated up to thirty schools in five years.
This is a sad commentary on a state that is among the top four earners in the country in revenue allocation and generation,” he stated. He also questioned the reluctance of Governor Wike to award scholarship and bursary for Rivers State students.
“It is on record that Wike’s administration is the first in Rivers history not to have awarded scholarship or given Rivers students bursary. We have never had it so bad. Rivers students deserve a better deal and it rather regrettable that the governor has failed them.
“It is not too late for Wike to admit failure on his part and show remorse. Going forward, he should immediately constitute a body to give bursary to our children who deserve to benefit from their God-given wealth. This was released in a statement from the office of the Media Team of Peterside.