ARE STUDENTS IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN DEFUNCT ABIA STATE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
The Christian Bible in the Book of Proverbs Chapter 29 verses 2 recited that “when the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. It is ironical that the defunct Abia state was created with the slogan of “God’s Own State” but from inception has continually being administrated by wicked, uninformed and greedy persons whom are only hard-working in looting the states’ treasury.
It has gotten to the attention of the Provincial Adjutants of defunct Abia State made up of the Provinces of Aba, Umuahia and Bende that defunct governor Okezie Ikpeazu and his looting team have mandated every students in all government affiliated educational institutions to pay a levy for Covid-19 pandemic in the sum of fifteen thousand naira only (N15,000). The non-payment of the Covid-19 pandemic levy makes the student ineligible to participate in the semester’s examinations.
Major Ibekwe Emenike of the Umuahia Province speaking on behalf of the trio of defunct Abia state Provincial Adjutants described the Covid-19 pandemic levy for students as evil and a proof that the defunct governor does not care about the well-being of the citizens. He urged all the student union bodies in the state to be of an accord and reject the cruel levy notwithstanding the pressure from the school authorities and Okezie Ikpeazu.
The Provincial Adjutants of the defunct Abia State jointly agreed that the imposition of Covid-19 pandemic levy on students in the state is illegal and a gross abuse of the fundamental right of Indigenous Biafrans.
The Biafra Transitional Government will not tolerate any form of infringement on the right to education of Biafran children as the right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP], which in Article 14 states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”
Continuing, Article 14 of the UNDRIP declared that “Indigenous individuals, particularly children, have the right to all levels and forms of educations of the State without discr⁸imination.”
Emphasising ,Major Ibekwe wondered why the students are being forced to pay for a pandemic which primarily transmitted from China even when the Chinese government didn’t impose any form of pandemic levy on t8heir students but rather boosted their morale by giving out palliative.
He reiterated that the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Article 17 reaffirmed that “Every Individual shall have the right to education”.
Notifying Okezie Ikpeazu to desist from the extortion of students and that his administration lacks legitimacy and must cease further demand from Indigenous Biafrans in defunct Abia state.
Corporal Anele Chinwoke,
Media & Publicity, Aba.
SGT Okeke Amandi,
Media & Publicity, Umuahia.
Major Ojo Ukpai,
Media & Publicity, Bende.
Captain Nnamdi Eyinnaya – Aba Provincial Adjutant.
Major Ibekwe Emenike – Umuahia Provincial Adjutant.
Lieutenant Colonel Okosisi Okpara – Bende Provincial Adjutant.