LOKOJA – Kogi State government has condemned in strong term the burning of four of the constituency projects of Senator Dino Melaye in Lokoja the state capital by some arsonists due for commissioning.
The Director General, Media and Publicity to the state governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo who spoke on behalf of government during an assessment tour of the burnt facility also said the state government has directed security operatives to fish out the arsonists.
The four constituency projects which are four block of classroom each at Government Girls secondary school, Sarkin Noma; Lokongoma Secondary School, Phase 1; and Adankolo Secondary school; all in Lokoja.
Fanwo who spoke at the Government Girls Secondary School, Sarkin Nomo said, “Government condemn the incident. Education is the leading thematic area of the state government and so will not allow any elements derail it.
“Irrespective of who is doing the project, the fund is from the government. So whether it is the executive or legislative, such projects should rather be applauded and not destroyed.
“We have directed the security operatives to access the situation, get to the root of the matter, unraveled the perpetrators and bring the culprits to book.
“Government will take a decisive action to ensure that the arsonists do not go scout free.”
The state commissioner for Education, Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya who was amongst the government officials who visited the sites said government will not fold her arms until the perpetrators are fished out.
“Exams are ongoing and these buildings have been in use since January 2018. We expect that people will respect the sanctity of education.
“This act is masterminded and not accidental. The buildings were burnt including the chairs. If not for the some serving Corps members around who tried to put out the flame it would have been worse than this.
“We appeal to everybody to collaborate with us in education and not use it as a meetting point for political sabotage. This is a dastard act, the state interest should be paramount rather than the individual political ego.
The State Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Mr. Monday Kuryas who was also at hand narrated that the hoodlums forced their way into the buildings.
He said the acts was premeditated as the arsonists braced with tyres burnt down the building and damaged some other structures.
He said the police are already investigating the matter and will soon apprehend the arsonists.
The projects damaged were due for commissioning by the senator as part of his legacy projects at the senate.
But the senator on Tuesday said he had received threat messages by some political thugs who said he should not come to Lokoja the state capital to commission any project because he had defaceed the state with his unbridled behaviour at the senator.