By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”PRESIDENT of the National Association of Delta State Students (NADESSTU), Comrade Benedict Oboidhe, has condemned the Federal Governmentâ€™s plan to upgrade the National College of Petroleum Studies, Kaduna, with the sum of N15 billion.
This is contained in a statement signed by Comrade Oboidhe, which was made available toÂ Vanguard in Ughelli, Delta State.The NADESSTU President in the statement said the proposed upgrade of the college and renaming to the Institute for Petroleum Policy and Strategy with the sum of N15 billion would amount to regional sentiments and undue regards for economic policies of locating firms and areas of manpower development close to source of raw materials.
It read: â€œWhile we want to refute claims by the executive secretary of PTDF in the dailies that over 17 billion Naira has so far been spent to upgrade the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun. We want to call on President Musa Yar’Adua and the Executive Secretary of PTDF to reflect such acclaimed money spent on PTI as a true reflection of the visible infrastructures.
â€œFurther, such National College of Petroleum Studies should be relocated to the Niger Delta so that its admission policy should reflect the inhabitants of the Niger Delta for whom the impacts of the activities of oil exploration and exploitation affects, hence the money budgeted for such upgrade should be channeled for further upgrade of PTI and the Federal University for Petroleum Resources Effurun.
â€œWe wish to use this medium to call on the South-South governors, senators and stakeholders to seriously mediate in such issue as the effects, if left un-tacked, were enormous in the nearest future, even as those whose areas barely produce a drop of oil mount management positions in the oil industry hook, line and sinker,â€ it concluded.