By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”FORMER Delta State PDP governorship aspirant, Mr. Sunny Onuesoke, has berated the federal government over its decision to revert the upgrade of the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun to the status of a University as approved by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said the decision of the federal government to revert the upgrade of the Petroleum Training Institute is a show of President Yarâ€™â€™Aduaâ€™s insensitivity to the plight of Niger Deltans.
Onuesoke, who was spoke in his Ughelli office when a group of People Democratic Party (PDP) Youths paid him a courtesy visit, said the decision was a pointer to the fact that the federal government was not genuine in its amnesty programme for aggrieved youths of the region.
According to him, the resolve of the Yarâ€™â€™Aduaâ€™s administration to move the Petroleum College to Kaduna and the N14 billion budget of the Institution was unacceptable.
Onuesoke, who is now a special project director in charge of the Asaba / Ughelli road dualization, told President Yarâ€™Adua to take a critical look at his decision to upgrade the Kaduna college to the detriment of PTI, Effurun.
He pointed out that there was no â€œspirit of one Nigeriaâ€ in the decision of government, adding that the goose that lays the gold egg was being made to â€œeat from the crumbs under the table.â€
Speaking further, he hailed the South-South governors for their prompt reaction to the inhuman decision of the federal governmentâ€™s proposed Petroleum Industries bill and the reversion of the up grade of PTI to a University Status.
While appealing to the governors to remain resolute in their decision, Onuesoke charged Niger Deltans to queue behind their governors in their quests to get a better deal for the impoverished oil rich region