Illegal Mining in Asaba a false claim – Professor Josephine Anene-Okeakwa reacts to rumour.

…urges members of the public to disregard the claim

The Management of Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, has called on the general public to disregard an alleged claim of illegal mining going on within the college premises, saying that they are aware of what is going on and not an illegal mining.

The Provost, College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Professor Josephine Anene-Okeakwa, made the call while reacting to a story making the rounds and credited to the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Chike Edozien, that an organisation embarked on illegal mining.

One of such stories published in Spade Nigeria, an online newspaper with caption, “Asagba of Asaba Cries Out Over Nefarious Activities At Federal College of Education Technical,”

Prof Anene-Okeakwa, said there has never been a time the Asagba of Asaba or his representative came to the college to find out what was going on within the college with regards to the alleged illegal mining, adding that they were taken aback when they saw stories flying in the social media accusing some persons of Nefarious Activities.

The Provost said to set the record straight, the college authority gave approval place for escavation for the construction of Koka Road and a road behind the college with a view to reclaiming the land thereafter, wondering how a genuine approval will amount to illegal mining.

According to Prof. Anene-Okeakwa, “They are not miners. Federal College of Education is aware. We gave them the place to escavate for the construction of Koka Road and the road behind the college to reclaim thereafter. Did they try to find out from us? Mr Ofili Mordi, who just came back from where he went to, jumped into selling our land, and claimed that Asagba of Asaba is aware.”

“Does Asagba of Asaba have the mandate to sell Federal Government Land that has a master plan and is lodged with the Town planning? Their write-up and postings are to scare us and confuse people because they know we are aware. The Federal Government is aware of all our activities as I cannot embark on any illegal act.”

“We don’t want to join issues with the Asagba of Asaba because he is our father and we respect him. But he should warn those who are using his name to cause embarrassment to the college to desist forthwith as we will not take it lightly with any one bent on dragging the name of the college and my person to the mud.”

Prof. Anene-Okeakwa warned those buying Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba land to desist from such illegal act, adding that anyone colluding with unscrupulous elements within the Asaba community to encroach on the college land does that at his peril.

She reiterated that the college is peaceful, and they are not facing any threat from anywhere.

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