…signed MOU with Usaka Community in Abia State
The people of Nkari in Ini local government area has pleaded with the state government to reopen all public schools that was closed as a result of insecurity between Nkari people,and the people of Usaka in Abia State.
Speaking on behalf of the community for the reopening of the schools, the clan head of Nkari ,Obong Udoette Edon said the two communities have signed a memorandum of understanding to bring the age long communal crises to an end, having considered the economic and developmental setback the crisis have caused the two communities.
Obong Udoette who further noted that relative peace has been restored to the area, said the closed schools should be reopened for students to resume their studies, he furthermore maintained that if the schools are reopen it will reduce the hardship being experienced by them sending their children to school outside their community.
He clarified further that parents and guardians who are mainly farmers and traders in the area have been affected with their means of livelihood.
The call came when the Ministry of Education led by the Permanent Secretary, lady Rose Bassey and the SA to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udofia, responded to the letter sent to the government by the community requesting reopening of their schools.
Responding on behalf of the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebiet ,Lady Rose Bassey said government will do their best in ensuring that the schools are back to session for academic activities soonest.
She expressed happiness that both community have seen the need to embrace peace, appealed to them to sustain it, as peace remain the only way to achieving quality education.
On his part, SA to the governor on education monitoring, Akparawa Udofia assured the community that Akwa Ibom State governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel, will continue to
provide conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning to thrive in all the communities in the state.
It would be recalled that public schools in Nkari Community were forced to close during the crisis of land dispute between the two communities.
Present during the visit were; Chief Monday Udo Esi, Chairman school based management committee, Chief Effiong Tom, Chairman Nkari Central market committee, Hon. Obong Okon Akpan, Secretary school based management committee.
Others include, Mr. Enefiok Edet, zonal Director, Ikono/Ini zone and representatives, Federal Ministry of Education,Abuja, amongst others.