The Senator, representing Abia Central in the Senate, Senator Theodore Orji, has made a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign into law the Bill giving legal backing to federal government’s takeover of Abia Polytechnic, Aba.
The Bill has since been passed into Law by the Red Chambers, i.e. the upper legislative assembly.
Senator Orji, in an interview with a select group of journalists in Umuahia on Sunday, argued that the takeover of the Polytechnic, rather than be a financial burden to the federal government, will be a great asset to it because the burden of building new structures or acquiring lands for its take off as well as paying compensation will not be there.
“The the takeover of the Polytechnic will enhance the academic and economic status of not only Abia State, but the country. This is a Polytechnic that has all the structures on ground and therefore there’s no need to build new ones and spend unnecessary funds.
“It’s more expensive to build new Polytechnic now; in any case, Abia does not have a Federal Polytechnic. And there’s a policy in Nigeria that every state must have a Federal University, Federal Polytechnic, Federal College of Education.
“However when this Bill which I sponsored was about to be signed into law by the President, many people starting sponsoring Bills, clamouring for universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. However, ours has gone through the rigours with the House of Representatives concurring, and we hope that any moment from now the President will assent to it”, he said.
On the Law that gave legal backing to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Senator Orji, maintained that if not for his vision and foresightedness, it would have been impossible to give legal backing to an agency that helped to curtain the ravaging COVID-19, saying that the law made it possible for the agency to join the global health village and attracted funds and health facilities that minimise the ugly effect of the disease and ultimately saved lives.”
“We foresaw what was coming that’s why we decided to sponsor the Bill to warrant the NCDC to be a legal body that can attract national and international funding and other facilities for our people’s healthcare. Now, you can see the advantage”, he remarked.
On the statement credited to a chieftain of the All Progressives Alliance (APC), in Abia State, Prince Benjamin Apugo, that he (Senator Orji) should be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over corruption practices, Orji who is also the immediate past governor of Abia State, described Apugo as a man that should have been kept in the cooler since he is presently being prosecuted in an Umuahia High Court by the anti graft body for land grabbing.
“I don’t respond to him because he talks nonsense. He talks of corruption all the time. If you’re being investigated, does it mean you’re corrupt? He’s even the person who has a case with the EFCC.
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