By Dennis Agbo
The youth of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu state petitioned the presidential visit panel of the Federal College of Education Eha-Amufu in Enugu state about the dilapidated and deplorable state of the infrastructure of the middle School.
The youths said the anger was compounded by the alleged perpetuation of nepotism by the institution’s leadership under the leadership of the College’s Provost, Dr Ngozi Ikwuegbu.
The college’s public relations officer, Mr. Chukwuebuka Obi, however, refuted the allegations, saying the Ohanaeze youths were only heating up the college system and sending false signals to the general public. Obi noted that there was peace, development, and advancement in the college.
In the petition, endorsed by Head of State Ohanaeze Youth, Mazi Nnamdi Odo alleged that the college Provost formed an “ Association Indigenes Non-Enugu ” with which she uses to victimize both staff and students. from Enugu State College and prioritized favoritism towards the people of Imo State where she is from.
“In our fact-finding mission, we discovered that the living conditions of the students inside the hostels are pitiful, the roofs of all the hostels are lickering, there are no toilets, no toilets, our students are at the reception because they have to bathe and cook outside. The windows are smashed, the students bathe and defecate outside. Hostels do not have electricity and students must use lamps.
“More than 400 employees have been employed by the Provost; the jobs are unbalanced and greatly favor his parents in Imo state. Of these, more than 300 are from Imo state. The provost turned against the state of Ndi-Enugu by creating an association that houses all the other staff members of all the other states of the federation with #Non Enugu Indigene as the nomenclature.
“The provost increased the collection of earnings costs from N1,000 to N5,000; Students pay N20,000 each year with new admissions for both NCE, pre-NCE, diplomas or direct entry intended for hostel renovations, but hostels are worse than landfills, ”the youth petitioned.
The petitioners therefore demanded the unconditional release of the results of 15 students allegedly seized by the school administration, the dissolution of the Non-Enugu Native Association; upgrading infrastructure especially hostels and stopping victimization of Enugu State staff and students in the college.
The youth of Ohanaeze Ndigbo also called for the establishment of a committee to review student welfare, review all appointments made by the provost and the immediate employment of 300 Enugu youth. They also urged the visiting committee to investigate all allegations against the provost and recommend an appropriate sanction.