By Agba Jalingo
Primary school pupils in Cross River state still pay N1200 as school fees in a region where basic education is free, but governor Ayade has declared free education for Cross River indigenes in the State owned University of Technology CRUTECH.
CRUTECH’s only major source of income is school fees. CRUTECH Consult and other ventures barely generate up to N10-N20 million monthly. 90 percent of CRUTECH students are indigenes of Cross River state who are to stop paying fees. How will the school survive with a monthly wage bill of N265million?
Monthly subvention from the State government to the school has reduced steadily from N215million peak under the immediate past VC to N179million and the state government is owing three months arrears because there is “no money.”
Yet, Governor Ayade directed the immediate recruitment ýtof 20,000 people into the local government civil service. Even if they are paid N30,000 minimum wage, it will inject at least N600,000,000 into the payroll. Yet you cannot pay arrears you are withholding?
Does this governor think things through with his heads of MDAs before going public with them or he just wakes up and spew whatever catches his fancy?
Does he really think, in the deepest recess of his heart, that the people still take him serious?
I don’t anymore, I dont know about you.
Citizen Agba Jalingo.