A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof. Pat Utomi, has berated the Delta State Government over the viral video of a schoolgirl, Success Adegor, who was sent home for examination levy.
Utomi in a statement on Wednesday said that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration had lost every sense of shame in the governance of the state.
He said the state had more than enough revenues to give qualitative education, health and infrastructure to the people and to power agriculture endowment value chains and alleviate poverty.
The renowned political economist posited that the government had the moral obligation to be accountable and reordered its priorities as depicted by Success in the viral video.
Utomi said Success’ viral video exposed the level of decay in the educational system in the state, calling on the government to prioritise key issues of governance which directly affected Deltans.
While equating Success’ bravery in the viral video to Rosa Parks who refused to obey the 1955 Alabama’s racist law, Utomi said the pupil’s strength of character gave appeal to the video and it went viral.
Utomi noted, “That all is not well with how Delta is governed has become clear with the Success 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 had enough with the collapsed education situation 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 State Government; they had become numb to shame or unable to understand the implication of the face-off Success had come to symbolise.
“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 the Success’ moment of rage.”