2017 Budget: Industrialist Slams Udom…Over poor allocation to industry…Declares free education a failure

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A one time governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, and industrialist, Dr. Anny Asikpo has condemned the lean budget allocated to financing industries in the 2017 budget.

Asikpo while speaking on a radio programme in Uyo noted that the contract between the Governor and the people of Akwa Ibom State is that he will build industries but from the budgetary allocation to industry in 2017, it was clear that the Governor has abandoned the idea of industrializing the state.

“This is clearly a breach of contract by Governor Udom Emmanuel. The poor allocation to industrialization in the 2017 budget makes me wonder if the Governor has either jettisoned the idea of industrializing Akwa Ibom or whether he has finished building the industries in the 31 LGAs as he promised during the campaign”

Last week Thursday December 22, when Governor Emmanuel laid the 2017 budget proposal before the House of Assembly, N2.830 billion was assigned to investment, Commerce and industry.

Speaking further on the policies of administration, Dr. Askipo who is also an educationist said the time was right for the government to do away with the free and compulsory education policy because it has failed.

The educationist said that in its present state where teaching materials are not made available and teachers have no commitment to teach, what the government was doing is giving the children of the masses poor quality education that will be of no help to them and the society.

Asikpo said the policy has become a mere tool to score cheap political point and cannot serve the purpose of adequately offering education to Akwa Ibom children.

He said instead of allowing schools collect all kinds of levies in the pretence of using it to develop schools, Askipo argued that if parents pay fees, the needed teaching materials will be provided and the parents will be committed to monitoring the teaching of their children.a

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