Yaqoub Popoola Correspondent, Ado-Ekiti
The Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the much spoken transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is nothing more than a deceit.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday while commissioning the ultra modern Pharmacology/Biochemistry building of the Medical School in Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti , Amaechi opined that Nigeria is worse – off under the present administration than before .
He,therefore, urged Jonathan to remodel his Transformation Agenda in a pattern that can meet the yearnings of the people.
The Rivers State chief executive also commended Governor Kayode Fayemi and the management of EKSU for prudent management of resources, bringing about the infrastructural and intellectual development of the university.
Amaechi , who slammed members of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), stated that he never expected anything outstanding from these people, since they are only supporting the President to cover up their alleged involvement in the multi-billion dollars subsidy scam.
The governor said: “This Transformation Agenda has not in any way reflected in the lives of Nigerians. Go everywhere, there is poverty and wanton neglect. So what are we now transforming?
“Some of the members of TAN are those that benefitted under the subsidy fund and who ought to be prosecuted and jailed. But I am sure that the APC, as a party, will bring to bare more pragmatic agenda that would meet their yearnings”.
Fayemi, who expressed delight at the spate of development in the university, said he had, during the inception of his government, described EKSU a glorified secondary school, saying the trend had taken a dramatic turn through well envisioned approach taken by his government and management of the institution.
The governor, who also commissioned the general hospitals in Ikole, Otun and Ifaki Ekiti as part of the programmes commemorating his fourth year anniversary, added that he would still fulfill his pledge to teach at the newly proposed Institute of Peace and Reconciliation of the university to demonstrate his love for intellect and the development of the state.
Fayemi said: “I have never regretted my commitment to intellect because of the fact that some people are desecrating the sector,” saying that is not what they are going to eat.
“I have always believed that we have to lay a solid foundation for the coming generations to ensure that we have areas where we can make research about issues to bring about the needed development that would sustain other sectors of our economy.
“I had once referred to this university as a glorified secondary school when I came on board, but today, if you drive round, you won’t have the gut to say such because of our commitment and several strides we have made to improve the academic delivery here in EKSU.
“Last year, a student of this school emerged the best at Law School while some of them will be going to China in a couple of weeks to represent Nigeria in Enactus International Game, having won the national laurel in this category. This is a plus and manifestations of what we have been able to do within four years”, the governor added.