Illegal structures that infringed the College of Education, Afaha Nsit, in Nsit Ibom Local Government area were demolished to ensure students safety and safeguard the sanctity of the schools environment.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen gave the explanation when he supervised the demolition of private buildings that encroached the College of Education premises. Earlier, the trespassing landlords had been given several months of notice to remove their structures including shanties, residential buildings, rented apartments and containers, which prevented the school from completing its perimeter fence which secures the school compound.
Commissioner Inyangeyen whose Ministry is set for some construction works around the school explained that, the Akwa Ibom state Government frowns at the indiscriminate building of structures on land clearly demarcated and earmarked as College of Education Afaha Nsit compound, maintaining that, this flagrant act not only compromised the security and safety of students in the hostels, but violates acceptable standards for educational institutions anywhere in the world.
He said it is unacceptable that a sprawling private neighborhood be situated within a school premises with the potential of ever expanding. This will most likely boil over to potential conflicts between villagers and students he argued, or lead to rape and robbery of students and other anti social activities without control.
The works commissioner also harped that, with the clean up of the compound, the perimeter fence will be quickly completed and accreditation of the institution will not be questioned on grounds of insecurity.
On his part, the Deputy Provost (Administration) of the College; Dr Timothy Ekpo thanked the state Government for coming to the schools aid to complete the perimeter fence.
He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his support for the institution and his incentives to boost the education sector in general. He assured that the management, staff and students of the institution will continue to support the state government in its programmes.
Later, the Works Commissioner proceeded to inspect the 12 kilometer Ediene Abak-Ikot Ekan Road.
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is said to have abandoned the road which stretches through the three local government areas of Uyo, Abak and Etinan for over a decade. Commissioner Inyangeyen who announced that the Udom administration is set and determined to construct the road, however warned those who make haste to erect a litany of illegal structures on roads designated for construction, with a view to claim fraudulent compensation to jettison the idea as it will amount to an exercise in futility.
He warned that, such illegal structures will be demolished at the owners risk with no compensation whatsoever.
This was not the case at Mbiabong Etoi in Uyo the State capital, where demolition of structures on the road w which stood on the road work were demolished. Commissioner Inyangeyen who supervised the demolition exercise gave assurances that, those whose property are affected and who have valid claims, will be processed and compensated.
Those who were on the team with commissioner Inyangeyen were, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works; Elder Effiong Essien, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr (Mrs) Valerie Obot, staff from the both ministries and the press .
By Osondu Ahirika