The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Anambra State on Media and Publicity, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, has defended the recent presentation of cheques of N2.5 billion to all the secondary schools in the state for their rehabilitation and a jeep each to all the traditional rulers in the state.
The governor’s aide in a statement made available to us said the life-line extended to the schools and traditional institution was in good faith and meant to encourage them to continue to improve in their work.
Obienyem who was reacting to the criticisms by a governorship aspirant in the state, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, attributed what he called the problem with Ubah “to his learning wrong things from those he interacts with and for allowing his aides to speak unrestrainedly on issues that could be better handled.”
Obienyem expressed surprise that Ubah condemned the distribution of cheques to schools and the vehicles to traditional rulers to enhance their functions, insisting that his action has proved rightly as people speculated, that he is insensitive to what makes for a good and prosperous state.
“This tendency questions his suitability as a leader in fact or in dream,” Obienyem said.
Obienyem described the statement credited to the oil merchant, where he questioned the rationale behind the recent presentation of cheques of N2.5 billion to all the secondary schools in the state for their rehabilitation as uncalled for.
He said while Ubah had learnt to bring Obi into any nonsense he uttered or his aide uttered on his behalf, he had forgotten to learn from those mentoring him that even among the worst ‘enemies’, there is time to condemn and time to commend.