The charges and counter charges have continued to reign in Rivers State where lies are not punished and truth is not searched for. Now, the All Progressives Alliance (APC) has raised alarm saying Gov Nyesom Wike was about to levy students in the universities to amass funds for his elections. The governor’s aide has said there was nothing like. This, like many uncountable others, would also pass away without punishment to anyone.
The APC has uncovered an ongoing plot by Gov. Nyesom Wike to levy students of all tertiary institutions in Rivers State various sums of money through the heads of such institutions to support the 2019 campaigns of the governor.
This was disclosed by the State Chairman of the APC, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, in a chat with journalists in his office in Port Harcourt over the weekend.
According to the chairman, the scheme has already commenced by the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt in a circular by the school authorities requesting students of the institution to pay a dubious entrepreneurship training levy of N20,000 each student.
“The collection of this fee of N20,000 is part of a grand design by Gov. Wike to use the heads of tertiary institutions in Rivers State to raise funds through sundry levies to support the governor’s 2019 campaigns. Already, students of IAUE have been served a circular to that effect.
“The plan includes levying each student to submit their typed projects with a payment of N20,000 each for the binding of such projects. You can imagine how callous this governor can be,” Ojukaye declared.
“In most other states in Nigeria, governors are alleviating the burden on students and their parents through scholarships and bursaries but here in Rivers State Gov. Wike is heartlessly inflicting pains and anguish on students and their parents.
The APC State Chairman called on students and parents to resist the various suspect levies the various tertiary institutions are demanding from them as such spurious levies are meant to fund the insatiable lust for money by Gov. Wike.
“Let me appeal to our students and their parents not to succumb to the fraudulent levies Wike is using heads of tertiary institutions to request from students. Students and parents should vehemently reject the levies; they should refuse to pay those illegal levies as they are only meant to fund Wike’s 2019 campaigns,” Ojukaye urged.
No new levies in schools
Rivers State Commissioner of Education, Dr Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, has stated that the State Government is not introducing any levies in any of the state-owned schools.
In an interview on Tuesday, the Rivers Education Commissioner noted that since Governor Wike took over the leadership of the state, the State Government has not introduced new levies.
He described as false, the rumour that new levies have been introduced by the Wike administration in tertiary institutions.
“Since this administration came on board, we haven’t introduced any new levies in any of our schools, not just the tertiary institutions.
“Rather, we are struggling to check excess charges. If the governor didn’t impose any levy when he was upgrading facilities in our tertiary institutions that were abandoned by the Amaechi administration before our arrival, why would we introduce levies now?” Dr Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja said.
He added: “For the purpose of emphasis, there is no introduction of any levies in any of our schools “.