- Senator Ben Bruce has revealed the smartest states in Nigeria
- Ben Bruce says Abia, Anambra, Rivers, Imo and Edo states are the smartest
- He used their educational growth as yardstick for measurement
The social-media savvy senator has said that twenty years ago the southeast states lagged in education and had poor boy child school enrollment, today they lead in WASSCE results.
He noted that Abia, Anambra, Rivers and Imo state came first, second, fourth and fifth respectively. Ben Bruce also commend Edo for coming in at third.
Senator Bruce said the Federal Government and other states should study what these states have been doing right and replicate it nationally.
Disclosing this via his Facebook page, Ben Bruce said what has happened in the southeast is nothing short of a miracle.
He said: "They receive some of the lowest federal allocation, yet they have achieved such remarkable educational and economic growth.
There is something to be learned from them. Is it their policy? Is it their budgeting practice? Is it their sense of community? Whatever it is, it is working!"
Ben Bruce was recently prevented from greeting President Muhammadu Buhari by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have reportedly prevented Ben Murray-Bruce .
In a series of tweets posted on Monday, May 30, the senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district, revealed that the incident happened at the Aso Rock presidential villa during a dinner organized to mark 2016 Democracy Day.
The dinner was hosted by Buhari, and had in attendance Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate; Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives; Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president; Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, among others.
Meanwhile, the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Olusola Adeyeye has cleared the air on the allegations made by Senator Ben Bruce that he was blocked by DSS officials from greeting President Buhari.
According to Adeyeye, it was Senator Dino Melaye who first went to greet those seated at the president’s table including the president in what he described as a clear breach of protocol.
Adeyeye stated that after Senator Melaye’s action, other senators got up to do the same but the scene became clumsy and indecorous prompting the DSS officials to intervene.
He also informed that an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, Barnabas Gemade was also turned back by the security operatives, dismissing the claims of Bruce who interpreted the DSS move as political.