The Chairman of Orhionmwon Local Government Area, has served a one-month pre-action notice on the alleged relocation of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Sokponba, Edo State.
In a joint action by the council boss, Hon Sylvester Okoro and other two persons through Famous Pen Law Firm, the petition became necessary owning to the fact that the provost of the college has almost concluded plans and modalities to relocate the only federal institute in the LGA.
“In pursuant to section 19 (1) of the institute establishing act 2018, this very pre-action noticeis to stop the Provost, Dr. B. Osikabor and others involved for the illegal relocation of the college from Orhionmwon council area in Edo South to Fugal, Estako central in Edo north.
According to the petition from the law firm sent to the Director General, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, FRIN, Federal ministry of environment; the unilateral relocation of Federal College of Forestry Research Management, Sokponba, Edo State to Fugal by Dr. B. Osikabor, provost/zonal director of the college is an act done in bad faith, an urgent need to call him to order before it is too late.
“We have the strong instruction of the council boss and other persons who hereunder refers to as our client to issue this pre-action notice.
When contacted via a telephone, the Provost of the college, Dr Osikabor said he does not have the power to relocate the institution, that he is just there as a staff appointed to head the school.
“I don’t have such power to relocate such a school, I’m here as an appointee. A provost appointed to start the college just decides to relocate the institution, that is not possible. I don’t know what is wrong, but the relocation of the school is beyond the Provost. I don’t have such power, the school is in Sokponba and that is where it was established,” he added.