The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) yesterday slammed the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson over alleged refusal to clear debt owed by the state to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) that led to the siezure of results of indigent students in the state.
According to the APC, though it is alarming that a generation of youths from the state are on the verge of being wasted with the seizure of the last WAEC results by the examination body, the refusal of government under Governor Seriake Dickson to pay is shameful and worrisome.
The APC, in a statement issued yesterday by the state publicity secretary, Fortune Panebi ,berated Governor Seriake Dickson, accusing him of deliberately scuttling the destinies of bright children who are leaders of tomorrow. “WAEC had refused to release the results over unpaid debts owed it by the Bayelsa State government. By implication, pupils who made respective cut off marks in the last Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination might forfeit their admissions.
‘’While the situation of the non payment of teachers’ salaries in Bayelsa continues to be an embarrassment to all and sundry even as the governor’s deliberate impoverishment of public servants has now become an ego issue on his part, a far more dangerous twist is looming in the education sector in Bayelsa State.
‘’This is the seizure of the results of secondary school pupils by WAEC over the state government’s refusal to pay statutory dues. This is a brazen act, the height of irresponsibility on the part of a government. To say the least, Governor Dickson is deliberately wasting away a generation of tomorrow’s leaders due to his inaction in this regard.
‘’While we call on well meaning individuals to prevail on the governor, we sympathize with the parents of the pupils for this pain, an ordeal not worth it for whatever reason. To the affected pupils, while we pray for a divine intervention in this regards, we share in your distress, despair and disappointment.