Wednesday, 24 January 2018

COE Provost continues  attacks on Udom *faults mode of contract Award in Institution 

The Provost of Akwa Ibom State College of Education Afaha Nsit, Prof Mathew Ekpo despite saying in a cover-up media chat last week in UNIUYO that he is not against Governor Udom Emmanuel over the weekend took the State Chief Executive to the cleaners.

In a discussion with some top management staff of the institution, the administration maintained that his grouse with the Governor are the State Government’s seeming abandonment of the repair and construction of roads in the institution and also the manner in which contracts are awarded to contractors who came in to execute the jobs without recourse to the management and leadership of the school.

A member of staff of the college who was privy to the discussion informed THE INK that Prof Ekpo stated that, it is funny, sad and ridiculous that for the State College of Education, the Governor upon awarding of contracts had seriously schemed out the management of the institution so much so that these contractors don’t even have time of management.

Our source maintained further that the Provost’s anger is partly because these contractors treat them (management) with disdain making it difficult for management to contribute and or seek explanations on the structural arrangements of certain infrastructures renovated and or constructed by the contractor.

The Provost, THE INK understands believes that this pattern of contract award by the State Government robs the institution of a money making opportunity thereby allowing him and members of his management team appear like figure heads in an institution led by him.

THE INK gathered that the Provost while confiding in some members of his management team says he has no regret visiting Obong Nsima Ekere. Our reporter was informed that the College of Education Provost had stated emphatically that if the contract for works done in the college was awarded by Nsima Ekere’s NDDC, that management staff of the institution would have greatly benefitted in terms of sub contracts and finances. He is set to have expressed worry over how the government reacted when the news of his visit to the MD/CEO of NDDC was leaked.

The Provost is said to have maintained that whoever is monitoring him is wasting his or her time adding that he has visited Nsima Ekere and so?

But to assuage the feelings of government, the Provost had in a certain office in the University of Uyo, according to sources hosted an interaction with members of the press where he urged the people to discountenance the news and information that he is against Udom Emmanuel.

Many reliable sources from the College of Education faulted Prof Ekpo saying that the Provost if at all he is sincere didn’t need to address the press outside the College premises. They maintained to THE INK reporter that all is not well in the institution following disagreements and infighting among the different Associations in the campus.

Meanwhile, THE INK can report matters quite frankly that the provost is worried that he hardly assesses the financial figure attached to the budget estimated for the college and this our reporter understands contribute to a greater extent as to why the Provost is not at ease with the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel. Those who work with Prof Ekpo say the Ikot Abasi born university Don does not spare a thought in taking a swipe at Udom in his secret talks with people.


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