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Federal College Of Education, Umunze Community Settle Rift

Posted: Nov 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka

The Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, and its host community may have settled the rift tearing them apart after a peace meeting held in the college premises on Monday.

The Provost, Professor Josephat Ogbuagu, gave this hint after the meeting.

He pledged to abide by the community’s demands.

The College has been at daggers drawn with the host community for several years as the community accused the college of not giving its due entitlements for occupying its land.

Among other things, the community had complained that its indigenes have not got commensurate admission and employment quota as a catchment area.

Besides, the community frowned on the way contracts were awarded by the college arguing that qualified indigenes of the community were denied of such privileges.

The community had also demanded N98 million compensation from the college for occupying their land since 1989 when the college was established.

Speaking with newsmen after a closed door meeting with the community’s leadership led by its monarch, Igwe Promise Eze, the provost, Ogbuagu said “everything has been resolved amicably.

“All of them are my personal friends, but they are here on community interest, and we have heard them; and I assure you there will be no more problems.”

The Provost maintained that the meeting would boost the cordial relationship between the college and the host community.

The traditional ruler of Umunze, Igwe Promise Eze, also spoke.

He said that the crisis was all over because the Provost of the institution, Prof. Josephat Ogbuagu had agreed to address and implement their demands.

He praised the Provost for making sure that the college was upgraded to a degree awarding institution.

The royal father blamed the conflict between the community and the college on communication gap.