By Edeh Nwigwe
Over 8 classrooms, the laboratory hall and the exams hall were blow off by wind storm at the Community Secondary School, Nkalagu in Ishielu L.G.A of Ebonyi state.
Briefing the Citizens’ Advocate reporter at the schools premises, the bursar, Mr. Walter Ebe, said in the early hours of 20th May 2019 there was a downpour with a storm which blew off the roof of the library, the bursars office, the exam hall and other 5 classrooms, thereby leaving the students and staff stranded, especially those writing their WAEC exams.
The rain was said to have destroyed all the files, books and valuable documents in the library, and condemned all the valuables, especially financial documents in the bursars’ office.
According him, the classroom’s roof was blown off and it landed on top of the laboratory building, destroying that as well.
The school authority lamented that with the roofs blown off, the students have no exam hall but stays under the scotching sun to write their exam while the library and the laboratory were completely destroyed beyond repair.
He called on Secondary Education Board (SEB), and the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) and the state government to come as a matter of urgency to rescue them.
Earlier in an interview, the pioneer principal of the school, Sir Gabriel Eze attributed it to the weakness of the school roofs which he said was built before 1997 but was handed over from Junction Primary School to secondary in 1997, adding that the buildings lack maintenance and it was built in early 70s when it was primary school.
Sir Gab. Eze also said that since the school has been prone to the wind line, trees were planted across the width and length of the school to check wind but regretted that the trees were sold and cut dawn by the school’s authorities.
He also noted that a part of the building renovated by his administration as the principal of the school was not affected and called for urgent measure to save the affected students and to avoid further occurrence.
The category of students affected and their classes were SSS 1 and 2 and JSS 1 students respectively.
Meanwhile, the tutors and the school bursar now stay in classroom to execute their daily activities as only 3 classrooms were left untouched by the storm.
A visit to the Community Secondary School Nkalagu, one would see the student under trees and in the buildings with no roof, studying in morning hours but were sent packing by the scotching sun at noon.
He further stated that the students’ admission files, and other records/data concerning school and her activities were completely damaged, though the school authorities promised to begin to reconcile with the affected category of students with the directives of the UBEB and SEB.
Some P.T.A of the school was said to have paid a visit to ascertain the level of damage, but the leadership has not made any comment.