The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is against the recent decision of Rivers State governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, to abolish the state government-sponsored overseas scholarship programme, through the State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA).
The governor had made the declaration through the commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Onimim Jack, during a meeting with parents of students on foreign scholarship in Port Harcourt yesterday, where it was announced that those who are not in their final year in the various overseas schools, will be brought back to Nigeria to continue their studies in Nigerian universities.
Mrs Jack disclosed that the governor has approved the payment of the outstanding fees of final year students on scholarship in foreign universities.
Reacting, the APC, in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, said with the withdrawal of the students on foreign scholarship, the Wike-led state government has once more reiterated that it does not have the requisite capacity to govern.
The statement reads: “Today, the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, (APC), received with utter sadness the shocking news of the decision by Gov. Nyesom Wike to summarily terminate the overseas scholarship scheme established by the former governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for Rivers youths to study different critical disciplines overseas.
“The government stated that it will be withdrawing and bringing home the students from their various foreign universities. The APC believes that by this singular action, the Wike-led state government has announced to the world that it does not have the requisite capacity to govern.
The Wike-led administration came into power May 29, 2015 after winning the 2015 governorship election in the state. It succeeded Rotimi Amaechi, now Minister of transportation, Federal Repulbic of Nigeria.