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Press Statement: Disregard Amaechi’s Call For Revolution, PDP Tells Students

By Jerry Needam, JP Publicity Secretary Action Congress of Nigeria
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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter says the call by Governor Amaechi on Students to revolt against the authorities is a call for anarchy and hypocritical.

The PDP wonders why a democratically elected Governor will incite the students against the government of the land, thereby causing chaos and political tension in the country.

The Party believes that if Gov. Amaechi meant well for Nigerian Students, he will not advise them to boycott their lectures and shut down schools, describing such call as selfish and ill-conceived, saying it is the plan of Amaechi and his APC to destabilize and destroy the system and the Nigerian State.

The PDP also says if Gov Amaechi is so concerned about the students' welfare he will not be owning those of Rivers State extraction their Bursary for three years? Or is he unaware that the tertiary institutions in the State lack science, library and laboratory equipment/facilities?

It is absolutely regrettable that a Governor who tricked and frustrated 28 Rivers State Students overseas, on a supposedly two year course under the Port Harcourt Technical Vocational Centre (PHTVC)-Train the Trainers Programme, and brought them back after three weeks, will now pretend to care about the welfare of the students than anyone else.

Governor Amaechi, through the State Ministry of Education airlifted 28 youths to Germany for a two year course, in conjunction with the Germany Chamber of Craft, but returned them back to Rivers State after 21 days, claiming that they have concluded their training in the European Country. This is the height of deceit and cruelty, coming from a man who is supposed to truly empower and give hope to the youths and students.

Governor Amaechi yesterday (March 11, 2013) during the so called Good Governance Conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, urged Nigerian students whom he hired and paid N2000 each from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and the University of Port Harcourt to 'close down' their schools, 'stop lectures' and 'hold the Country to ransom' in a protest he called, 'Citizens Actions'.

The PDP believes there are more civilized ways and actions the Governor could advise the students to take that will not be revolutionary, counterproductive and retrogressive, stressing that either a democrat or progressive never undermine the potency of dialogue and consultations when issues of disagreement arise.

To the PDP, the later are better options than revolution and violence.

Signed:

Jerry Needam
SA, on Media to
State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014