The Clan Head of Oku community in Uyo Local Government Area, Etebom Enefiok Okpon, has intervened in the crisis that led to the closure of Uyo City Polytechnic.
Mr Enefiok Samuel, Chairman, Village Council of Nduetong who had, on the directive of the Clan Head, placed a traditional injunction in front of the school gate said Etebom Okpon, has sent a letter inviting the parties involved in the crisis to a meeting today (Friday).
He explained that the management of the polytechnic was indebted to the staff to a tune of N400 million, adding that the school has created problems for the community.
He said many students, who have since finished their programmes have not been mobilised for the national service or are awaiting their clearance and are becoming a nuisance to the community.
He said: “The community has agreed that if the school cannot honour any agreement reached during the meeting then let them take the school away.”
Teaching and non-teaching ptaff of the polytechnic and Nduetong Oku community where the institution is located, had on Monday jointly shut down the school over the non-payment of 21 months staff salary arrears.
In a notice, dated 16th March and pasted on the school gate, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Mrs Idem Iboro, directed staff and students of the institution to proceed on a two-week break immediately, pending when the issues leading to the closure of the school will be resolved.
When the Rector of the Polytechnic, Mrs Idem Iboro, was contacted, she said, “I came this morning and I saw the barricade, so I put up the notice. I am still investigating the matter”.
One of the staff of the institution, Dr Udofia Jacob, said he was in school early in the morning to sign the time book but was told by some staff to leave the premises.
When contacted, Elder Enoobong Etukudo, one of the proprietors refused to comment, saying he had to first meet with the Clan Head on the issue.