by The City Reporters
The City Reporters
The protesters were allowed into the state government house after hours of struggle
Abia State University (ABSU) students have lashed out at Governor Theodore A. Orji for his inability to address the terrible state of education and dilapidated roads in the state.
The students, who protested at the state government house in Umuahia on Thursday, accused the governor of failing to pay students bursary despite declaring to have done so.
During the four hours long peaceful demonstration, the frustrated students demanded T. A. Orji resignation if he knows the executive job is beyond him.
The City Reporters gathered the angry protesters led by the President of National Association of Abia State Students (NAASS) Joseph Ukaegbu were initially barred by heavily armed security personnel from entering the premises of the government house.
The placard carrying students were eventually allowed to march into the government house where they were addressed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Special Duties who praised them for conducting themselves peacefully and promised he will relay their grievances to the governor.
The students were carrying placards asking the governor to explain the rationale behind the exorbitant fees students are subjected to in all Abia state owned higher institutions.
They asked why the administration of T. A. Orji have been collecting neck-breaking fees between N180,000 to N250,000 from students of state-owned Abia State University (ABSU) as against the N15,000 to N20,000 collected during the last administration.
They went on to accuse the embattled governor of lying in full glare of the public by announcing through his Chief of Staff, Cosmos Ndukwe, in September 2013 that the state had released billions of naira to pay bursary to Abia state undergraduates in the country.
Ukaegbu said nothing has been heard about the money and no student has received a dime as bursary.
He also called on the governor to quickly attend to the dilapidated road conditions in the state, particularly Aba, or step down if he is incapable of governing the state.
According to him, Abia State is one of the oil producing states in the country, yet the worst performing due to the leadership style of the governor.