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Asaba indigenes, others condemn attack on FCTE, provost

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By Nosa Akenzua

Staff members of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, especially Asaba indigenes in the school, have described as frivolous the petition and media report alleging marginalisation against the provost of the college, Dr Josephine Okeakwa, as calculated attempt to tarnish her earned image.

They said they were surprised that some people could “travel” on a journey of destruction against the provost, who happens to be an indigene of Asaba, for no tangible reasons, adding that “We are supporting her because of her achievements, both academic and administration in the school.”

In a statement signed by Chief Benjamin Chukwu, leader of the group, they posited that the school had been under the federal character principle, adding that “No such thing as victimisation, nepotism or favouritism.

“The Provost has never, in any way, been corrupt or found wanting since she assumed office as provost of the college.”

The statement disclosed that the people of Asaba and members of staff of the Federal College of Education Technical were shocked to read a petition written by one of the female staff who had been queried severally for misconduct, gross insubordination and alleged extortion of both staff and students. They added that the committee set up to investigate her on impersonation magnanimously recommended three-month suspension instead of dismissal as she was found guilty.

The statement reads” Those fighting the provost were feeling intimidated by her profile as she had held several positions as deputy provost, dean, School of Vocational Studies, among others before she was appointed provost of the college. She is strictly disciplined and doesn’t tolerate any lawlessness among others. She is hard-working and loved by all in Asaba.” 

The statement further explained that the deputy provost, heads of department (HODs) were not indigenes of Asaba. It said that, rather, they were appointed on merit and went on to call on the federal government to disregard all forms of petitions against the provost.

Recall that some members of staff in the college had few weeks petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister for education, among others alleging marginalisation against them including perpetrating fraudulent activities in the college, a petition that attracted a probe committee set up by federal government to look into the allegations that later found her not guilty of all the allegations.

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