*Officials visit, enter ‘protection agreement’ with Ukana monarch
By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo
UKANA- HOODLUMS have vandalised all the roofing sheets, ceilings, doors of buildings and electricity cables at the permanent site of the Federal Polytechnic, Ukana, Essien Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
NDV findings showed that indeed, vandals had detached some of the roofing sheets and burglar proofs of some completed structures at the permanent site of the polytechnic.
Udabah lead others to Ukana monarch
Troubled administrators of the institution, led by Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Sylvanus Udabah, visited the paramount ruler of Ukana, HRM Obong Cosmos Akpan at his palace to seek his assistance to track down the vandals.
The delegation, including the Rector, Prof. Balama Obomanu, reached an agreement with the paramount ruler to work together with the palace and the people to put an end to the destruction of facilities in the institution by vandals.
Expression of sadness
Udabah, who lamented that the hoodlums have vandalised all the roofing sheets, ceilings and doors of some of the buildings and even electricity cables at the permanent site, had appealed to the traditional ruler and other community leaders of host communities to the institution to assist in ensuring that the facilities were secure.
“For the polytechnic to function effectively and deliver on its mandate, we need the support and cooperation of the traditional institution and by extension, the host communities. The host communities must see the polytechnic as theirs and as such, ensure protection of the facilities.
“We must work together to ensure that we end this issue of vandalism of public property by some unknown hoodlums. As community leaders, we must support the institution to grow and develop. This is exactly what we came to ask for,” he said.
Udabah added: “Also we call on you, the paramount ruler, to prevail on your subjects to use the opportunity of the polytechnic being sited within their domain to build their capacity and pursue their future dreams.”
Responding, Obong Akpan said: “I want to guarantee that henceforth, there will be maximum protection of the facilities and property of the polytechnic.”