By Dirisu Yakubu with agency report
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the burning of some classroom projects executed by Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi East in the National Assembly by suspected political detractors, describing such action as crude politics.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the state of being behind the action saying “it is indeed reprehensible that the APC, which cannot boast of any development project in the state, could be so vicious to sponsor the destruction of education facilities meant for the benefit of Kogi children, just for political reasons.
“The people of Kogi state are not in any way fooled by the statement from the APC-led Kogi state government, wherein it merely condemned the arson without taking any concrete step to produce those behind the dastardly act.
“The PDP challenges the Kogi state government and the APC to come clear and tell Nigerians those behind the use of earth moving machines to block the way of Senator Melaye’s convoy on his way to commission the projects on Wednesday.
“The fact that the state government did nothing after Melaye reported of threats to him, by unknown persons, ahead of the commissioning ceremony, thoroughly indicts the government and raises very strong issues of official conspiracy,” the statement read, even as it called on Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to commence full-scale investigation into the incident, and bring the perpetrators to book.
On Wednesday, speaking on the burning down of a block of four classrooms he donated to Government Girls Secondary School, Sarki Noma, Lokoja by unknown arsonists Melaye described the incident as barbaric and uncivilised.
He also condemned the vandalisation of a block of four classrooms he built at UBE Junior Secondary School at Lokongoma area in Lokoja by hoodlums, urging the police to bring the perpetrators to book.
Melaye, who is representing Kogi West Senatorial District, said that the action of the hoodlums was an embarrassment to the state that was well respected for its exploits in education in Northern Nigeria.
He wondered why some people would want to bring down the state for selfish reasons , pleading with the hoodlums and their sponsors to stop smearing the image of the state.
Melaye promised to rebuild and repair the burnt and damaged blocks of classrooms, saying that no amount of intimidation and harassment would divert his attention from providing qualitative representation to the people.
He also said that the incident would not stop his planned one -week thank you tour of the senatorial district and inauguration of some of the 143 projects he had executed in the past three years at a cost of N7 billion.
The senator later inaugurated the two blocks of four classrooms be built at LGEA Primary School, Tawari, and LGEA primary School, Manyare, the 10- kilometre Manyare -Gegu Beki road and the 15-kilometre Orehi – Irovomi road, all in Kogi Local Government.
He charged the people of the communities where the projects were located to protect them from vandals and make the best use of them.
Melaye, who also inaugurated a borehole he built at Felele area of Lokoja, said other projects to be inaugurated in the next few days include classroom blocks , rural roads, boreholes, skills acquisition centres as well as rural electrification schemes.