By Chioma Onuegbu
UKANA—UKANA Ikot Ntuen, Ukana Ikot Okut Etim and Ukan Onuk host communities to the Federal Polytechnic, Ukana, Essien Udum Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, have advised hooligans destroying and looting the property of the institution to desist from the act, vowing to deal decisively with anyone caught.
The village heads, Chief Michael Akpabio, Emmanuel Obot and Victor Ntuen, who expressed the displeasure of the three communities during a visit to the institution, also frowned at the encroachment of some persons into the institution’s land, assuring that they would intercede.
Village head of Ukana Ikot Oku Etim, Chief Emmanuel Obot, said the communities would not fold their hands and watch some criminal elements tear down an institution given to them by God.
“We the community leaders are happy to have this polytechnic located in our locality. We prayed for things like this and God answered our prayers, therefore, we have come here today to let the management of the polytechnic know that we will not condone such acts going on in the institution.
“We are interested in assisting the school management address this problem. We will resist any form of encroachment and vandalism because we sacrificed so much for this institution to stand,” he said.
Obot further asserted: “On behalf of the host communities, I call on the management to lay premium for qualitative learning in this institution and we will assist you in the fight against cultism. Also we are assuring the polytechnic community of peaceful co-existence between it and the host communities.”
Rector pleads for continuous support
Rector of the institution, Prof. Balama Obomanu, expressed appreciation at the show of concern by the community leaders and their interest in the peace and progress of the institution, while he sued for continued cooperation from the host communities to enable the institution achieve its set objectives.
“We are committed to helping our host communities grow; most of our students are from the state. And I appeal to the youths particularly, to join forces with us in order to take the institution to higher heights.
“So far the institution has enjoyed the benevolence of the Akwa Ibom State Government and prominent sons and daughters of this community, including the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, towards improving the standard and we solicit for more support,” he said.