Delta community cries out over ramshackle and collapsed classroom, RESIDENTS of Umiaghwa, Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State, have bitterly complained about the dilapidated classroom built by the interventionist agency that collapsed, two years ago.
The villagers said they were forced to raise the alarm, as the shrunken school building and ramshackle road were beginning to have negative effect on the children and people of the community.
Pupils crammed like sardine in one class – Itie, inhabitant
An inhabitant, Adam Itie, who spoke to NDV, said: “The primary school building by NDDC contractor was actually started in 1996, deserted for over 12 years until they started building again and it took many years before it was finally completed. Then one morning, I was at home when I heard a loud noise in the community and when I dashed out, I saw children and teachers running, that was when I was told that the roof of the building had come down on them, luckily, no one was hurt.
“We are now managing the remaining four classroom blocks built by Delta State Oil- Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, we now put pupils in the same classroom not minding their class. Primaries one, two and part of three share one class and part of three, four and five share a class, not to talk of primary six and staff room,” he added.
Only two govt. teachers in Delta primary school – Johnson, resident
Another resident, Mr. Anagbo Johnson, recalled how the teachers had to cope on resumption after the long Covid-19 pandemic holiday, saying: “Some of the pupils were sent home to create the space for keeping safe distance and we did that for a long time before we stabilised things.
“Besides the collapsed building, the school does not have teachers, we have only two government teachers and the other two teachers were employed by the President-General of Okpe Union, North America, OUNA, Mr. Edwin Ederaine,” he lamented.
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