By Perez Brisibe
RENOWNED Economist and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, Professor Pat Utomi, has come hard on the state government over the viral video of seven-year-old Success Adegor, who was sent home from school over her inability to pay her examination fees.
Utomi, in a statement yesterday, while also carpeting the state government over the poor condition of some public schools in the state, noted that the actions of little Success should propel Deltans to cast off the yoke of bad government.
He said: “They (Delta government) have become numb to shame or unable to understand the implication of the face-off Success had come to symbolise.
“That all is not well with how Delta is governed has become clear with Success’s resistance video; that story of the little girl, who bravely said no more, with a steely determination.
“A little girl with gusto and sharp wit decided enough was enough. She had it with the collapsed education in Delta State.
“She was ready to be flogged till she was blue rather than be scammed yet again by the public school system in Delta State. You would expect shame to overcome the machinery of government in Delta for being incompetent to manage the school system as exposed by Success, but not the Delta government.
“Government officials, instead, saw it as a Nollywood moment. As if it was one of those comedy skits filmed in Asaba, they began to fall over each other offering car gifts to the person who recorded Success’s moment of rage.
“What Success stands for today is like what Rosa Parks stood for in Alabama in 1955. Deltans have a moral obligation to hoist Success as a rallying icon to ask for accountability and a re-ordering of priorities in Delta State.
“Even if the state government is too blinded to shame to realise the meaning of the Success moment, it would seem that shame has been lost in the extant governing team in Delta State.”