Principal Apologizes After Flogging NYSC Corps Member In Akwa Ibom
The Principal General of Government Technical College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Friday Udoka, has tendered a public apology for flogging a serving female corps member that was deployed to his school.
While saying sorry to Miss Olaitan Adeola Kolawole in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) state office on Monday in Uyo, Udoaka said he did not deliberately flog the corps member, noting that he used the cane on her out of anger.
It was gathered that Miss Kolawole wrote the name of her friend, Dolapo Victoria, in the attendance register of the school on Friday, October 19, 2018 when Dolapo was absent.
The principal, who has just three years to retire from service, was said to have flogged Kolawole for the misdeamour and dragged her outside the classroom in front of the students, which he denied.
In his apology, Udoaka said: “No man is perfect, I have not beaten a corps member before. I am very sorry for using a cane on a corper. Adeola, I am very sorry for what happened.”
“When I went back home, I felt bad for beating a woman. It is not true that I dragged the corper out of my office and flogged her before the students. This is a man that behaves like a father but I don’t know what happened that I behaved rudely with you. Please forgive me.”
“The mistake will not repeat itself. Whatever is the cost of your treatment, I will bear the cost.”
Reacting to the apology, Miss Kolawole said she had no justification not to accept the apology of an elder.
She said: “For an elder to apologize for his mistake, I forgive him. I accept his apology. My parents wanted to take up the matter, but I will talk to them not to pursue the case as they wanted”.