Sola power lights, economic trees, hostels and administrative blocks of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) in Ebonyi State have been destroyed by rainstorm.
The heavy rainstorm which wreaked the havoc on the buildings on Monday night also destroyed other facilities worth over N500 million at the university making the environment unconducive for learning.
It was gathered that the natural disaster, came with full force, pulled off the roofs of about eight buildings in the school and destroyed many solar powered security lights, pulled down many economic trees, and others.
It also destroyed equipment, documents, and other office materials in the affected buildings in the school.
Some of the affected buildings seen by our reporter who visited the school include: Faculty of Science Administrative Block, Needs Assessment building, about 15 Solar-powered security lights stands, and two Female Halls of Residence.
Others are: University Library, ICT building, Pro-Chancellor’s office, Entrepreneurship and Employability Centre, and the main University Auditorium among others.
A staff at the University Library where the roof and the ceiling were badly damaged said many books, documents, computers, and other gadgets, were affected.
Speaking to journalists on the disaster, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, decried that the disaster has badly affected teaching and learning in the institution.
Nwajiuba said that he was shocked and devastated by the incident. He said although the management was still assessing and evaluating the damaged facilities, the damages may worth over N500 million.
His words, “I am shocked and devastated. I had to call off my meeting in Enugu yesterday to come back. It’s scary and worrisome. What do we do? The destruction is massive; not just in terms of the roofs and buildings but also laboratory, computers, tables, files, computers and others. It’s not good at all”, he said