Rivers State students in the diaspora on Monday got a one minute chat with the Governor of the state, Nyesom Wike who was billed to deliver a lecture at Chatham House, London.
The students, beneficiaries of the State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA’s scholarship; were aggrieved that the state has not been meeting their obligations and want the situation to change.
Pictures from the event depict a detachment of the students holding placards reading: “We are Rivers students; may we have a minute please?” “We are destitute worldwide; please pay our fees and allowances.” Mr. Project; please do not abandon the RSSDA’s project.”
The students got their one minute. But back home, a mixed reaction trailed the Chatham visit particularly from the opposition.
The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress(APC) said it was dismayed that the state’s obligation to the students was not being met.
Chris Finebone, APC State Publicity Secretary stated: “The Party is highly dismayed that Wike ignored our advice to settle the fees of stranded Rivers students across Europe. We did enumerate the difficult times many of those students were passing through in foreign lands. While some squat and beg to feed, others live on the streets having been ejected by their residential owners.”
The APC calls on prominent Rivers sons and daughters to rise up and salvage the situation.
Wike, in a swift reaction, announced the release of one million US Dollars to mitigate their situation.