The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye who was in the state Wednesday to commissione his projects condemned the burning down of some block of Classrooms built for the benefits of the people.
Senator Melaye who had earlier commissioned a block of four classrooms in Taware, Manyare, and 10 kilometers roads all in Gegu-Beki in Kogi local government area of the state and also commissioned a borehole at Felele in Lokoja local government council said it is sad that some people who are not ready to provide for his people could do such thing.
He lamented that the schools were build for the communities but unfortunately some politicians who could not provide projects to alleviate the sufferings of the down trodden turned around to sponsor thugs to destroyed those projects.
He noted that no amount of intimidation and harassment can dissuade him from fulfilling his electioneering campaign to the people of his constituency.
Some suspected thugs had on Wednesday morning burnt down Government Girls Secondary School Sarkin Noma and Lokongoma Secondary School in Lokoja local government area due for inauguration.
The two schools are new projects of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district of the State as part of his numerous constituency projects.
The hoodlums allegedly burnt down the entire building including books and furniture.
The schools were set to be inaugurated on Wednesday out of 143 projects across the seven local government areas by Senator Dino Melaye.
On Tuesday some thugs had earlier issued a statement threatening to stop the inauguration and asking the senator not to come to Kogi State.
Senator Melaye has had a running battle with the state governor, a crisis that led to his planned but failed recall process.
However, in a swift reaction, the 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 commissionin yesterday.
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 weather 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 building has being used since January 2018. We expect that people will respect the sanctity of education.
“This act is masterminded and not accidental. The building 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.