CONCERNED parents of Federal Government College in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State have expressed displeasure over the management of Parents’ Teachers Association (PTA) in the institution. In a statement at Ikot Ekpene, the PTA decried the leadership style of their chairman, which they described as despotic and self-centered.
The statement which was signed by Messrs. Franklyn Bassey and T. Asangaeneng, accused the chairman of writing frivolous petitions and blackmailing the school management to the Federal Ministry of Education, when his method of administration of the association was rebuffed by members.
The statement noted that the PTA chairman’s attitude towards others was becoming worrisome, and wondered why he was resorting to pulling others down. It said: ”We, the parents, have observed with utter displeasure the irresponsible manner with which the affairs of the Parents Teachers Association of the Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene, has been handled by the ego-seeking chairman, Mr. Imo Abam.
“We are tired of his leadership style, which is despotic and overtly self-centred. He takes decisions concerning the welfare of our children and wards, as well as the fate of others alone, without the general house. For instance, he stopped the salaries of PTA paid-staff from August to September 2017, without due consultation with the parents.”
It was not clear if the altercation with members over a petition against the principal, Mr. Festus Dappa was in connection with the contract awarded for the construction of a 12-kilometre perimeter fence in the school by the Education ministry as the principal described the alleged petition as baseless.
Efforts made to speak with the PTA Chairman, Mr. Abam was not successful but the management staff and PTA members have praised the principal of the college, Mr. Dappa for maintaining discipline in the college saying, they were comfortable with the way he managed the institution. This, according to them, has brought more honours to the college especially in the last all Federal Government Colleges games in Jos, Plateau State where the school emerged second in the competition.
“The new principal has not spent up to one full academic session in the college but has initiated commendable measures for our children and wards to maximally achieve their aim of quality education through the ‘Sit – and – Read’ programme every Saturday from 11: 00 a.m. – 2: 00 p.m and the ‘Morning Shower’ lessons from 6:00 a.m to 7:00 a.m,” the statement said.