By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”WARRI-based legal practitioner, Dr. Akpo Mudiaga-Odje, at the weekend condemned moves by the Federal Government to reverse presidential approval to upgrade the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, near Warri in favour of the Kaduna Petroleum College, Kaduna and described it as a distortion of the Nigerian dream.
He said, â€œwe are talking about reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction and with the amnesty which legal foundation is still shrouded in mystery and doubt, the Federal Government has set aside N14.5 billion to upgrade a Petroleum Technology College, Kaduna to a higher level than the present one which has received presidential approval from its predecessor, is condemnable, laughable, and a treacherous administration of government.â€
Mudiaga-Odje, who fielded questions from newsmen in Ughelli, said the decision of previous governments were binding on incoming governments, adding that â€œpolicy decisions taken shall be ones which will be consistent, defendable and which should be upheld for good administration of good governance.
â€œWhere a government takes a decision and another one reverses it without looking into the general interest and consequences of the action, one begins to wonder if our president is trustworthy.â€
Speaking further, Mudiaga-Odje lamented that students of the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun that was set aside to train technocrats that would operate the Petroleum Industry were now being subjected to the rigours of travelling thousands of kilometres to have training programmes for management in Kaduna, while the PTI, Effurun would now have to produce junior cadre staff.
He recalled that the first bill that President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™ Adua signed into law was to repeal the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, FEPA Act which, according to him, made it clear that safety standards were no longer applicable to the oil industry.
â€œThis means that oil companies can continue to explore oil against the wish of the people and in devastation of their environment, regardless of the consequences and there will be no legal action except the common law,â€ he said.He applauded the resolve of South South governors to disassociate themselves from the amnesty arrangement and urged them to remain resolute in their determination to place the region in a better stead for rapid development.
….As Urhobo students carpet FG
The National President, National Union of Urhobo students (NUUS), Mr Patrick Evuarherhe, has carpeted the Federal Government for the movement of the university of petroleum from Effurun, near Warri, to Kaduna and described the move as a diversion of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™ Aduaâ€™s promise to address the burning issues in the Niger Delta.
Evuarherhe, who spoke while fielding questions from newsmen in Ughelli at the weekend, noted that it was insensitive of the Federal Government to reverse the upgrade ofÂ the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun which former President Olusegun Obasanjo had set on ground.
He maintained that if the Federal Government intended to upgrade the Petroleum Collage in Kaduna, it ought not to be at the detriment of the P.T.I, Effurun.
Evuarhehre lamentedÂ that the P.T.I, which was established to train technocrats for the oil industry, was now being subjected to train junior cadre manpower.
While noting that the down grading of the P.T.I and the upgrading of the Kaduna Petroleum College was capable of igniting crisis in the Niger Delta, Evuarherhe urged the Federal Government to rescind in the unpopular proclamation in the interest of the good people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said Nigeria was in a democratic era where issues and needs of the people ought to be addressed to the benefit of all.