The foremost pressure group in Etche land, Etche Peoples Liberation Congress ( EPLC ) has urged Chief Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike led Rivers state government to establish the proposed state owned Polytechnic in any part of Etche land, and we need no empirical or existential instance to underscore this unrelenting position. As a marginalised Oil and gas producing tribe and the third largest ethnic nationality in Rivers state, we have been forced to swallow bitter pills from the cup of political renaissance, which has weakened and impeded our spirited strides as a people. Etche is tired of vigorous and vicious lashes of negligence, underdevelopment and limited political opportunities, and the major project that can bring succour to our people is for Rivers state government to rename the proposed institution to RIVERS STATE POLYTECHNIC ETCHE. The reason is quite obvious and insurmountable, least of all the reality that Port Harcourt metropolis is already saturated with human and vehicular congestion.
Having taken cognizance of the fact that government is a machinery through which the will of the state is formulated, expressed and realised, therefore we view the verbal indelicacy, loud denunciation, and archetypical misrepresentation of a holistic government action to establish a new polytechnic in the state as too kindergarten in content. The furore and uproar raised by few ethnic jingoists against the proposed institution remains inconsequential and supreme instance of irony. Need we remind them that Delta state with 25LGAs has more than four polytechnics, while Ogun state with 19LGAs harbours more than 22 publicly and privately owned higher institutions.
Signed: Com(Engr) Japhet A.C Ogbueri, ACAI
National Leader, EPLC worldwide.