By Ike Uchechukwu
AGOI IBAMI- RESIDENTS of Agoi-Ibami community, Yakurr Local Government Area, Cross River State, have raised the alarm that termites have overrun the Apostolic Primary School in the community, causing the roof and the mud structure to crumble.
They urged the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade, to as a matter of urgency, include the school in the government’s Comprehensive School Renovation and Intervention Programme, as the current state of its infrastructure was poor and no new structure has been added since its establishment decades ago.
Pupils learn under roof that leaks
Findings by NDV showed that neither the pupils nor the teachers could learn and teach in a conducive environment, as the roof of their classrooms were leaking and the structure collapsing as a result of the attack by termites and other weather conditions.
A community leader, Chief Mathias Ibor, called on the Ministry of Education, Calabar, and other relevant government agencies to take urgent steps to ameliorate the suffering of the teachers and pupils of the school by giving them a good structure.
“A lot of prominent people in the area went to that school and it is very sad to see the deplorable state and shape the place has taken. We need help from government and we need it now, you can imagine when children go to school in a classroom made with mud, it is an eyesore,” he bemoaned.
PTA monetarily down – Ayitu
Secretary, Parents Teachers Association, PTA, of the school, Hon Etim Arong Ayitu, who also decried the deplorable state of the school, asserted: “Our children and their teachers suffocate daily in this classrooms because as you have noticed the place is no longer conducive. We have done the little we can, but we are financially handicapped.”
“We are calling on the state government to help us by erecting good structures so that our children and their teachers can have a good place to teach and learn respectively. The school lacks library, borehole and other instructional materials. When these things are provided, it would add a lot of value because the children in question need to be groomed to become leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
Why structure dilapidated – Head teacher
Head teacher of the school, Mrs. Victoria Ugbor, who spoke to our reporter at the palace of the village head of Obanghakpi Ward, Chief Etim Arikpo, appealed to the state government to come to their aid by renovating the school.
Her words: “If the school is renovated by the state government, it will help in improving the quality of teaching and learning because it will create a more conducive environment for both the teachers and the pupils.
“The structure got so bad over time because it is old, and it has been attacked by termites resulting to leaking roofs and broken doors and the floor is also in a very bad state, we are crying out to governor Ben Ayade to help us, we need to be included in the comprehensive renovation
Govt‘ll tackle problem – SUBEB Chair
Contacted, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Dr Stephen Odey, assured the people of Agoi-Ibami that the school would be taken care of under the intervention programme, but due process has to be followed. He appealed for patience, saying government would not rest on its oars until the school was renovated