- How School Turned To A Sanctuary For Reptiles And Rodents
- School Has Been Without Electricity For Ten Years
Universalreporters247.com correspondent in this special report can authoritatively unveiled that the famous Teachers College Obi now Government College Obi in Nasarawa State is in shamble including, findings by this medium indicates that structures and facilities, the famous school which was established on the March 1st, 1975 has become a home for Reptiles, Rodents and other animals alike.
This medium findings reveals that everything in the school is in a state of comatose in spite of the visit of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura on the 3rd December, as there has not been any single support that has come the way of the school since after his visit, especially such a school that is in dire need of total rejuvenation.
An impeccable source who pleaded anonymity when asked whether the school have access to electricity supply maintained that the school has been in darkness for at least ten years, he, however, attributed the blackout to fault from electricity transformer that supplies electricity to the school.
He, in addition, said the school although embarked on an illegal connection of electricity from Government Science Secondary School, Obi to tap power supply; he further opined that the illegal tapping of electricity never yielded any fruitful result as the light would not even a bulb.
The untold story of the school is that it has the lowest population of students, seven weeks after resumption no fewer than 50 students were seen within the school premises as at press time.
Feelers maintained that parents have withdrawn the majority of their wards and children to private schools on what he referred to as fear of the unknown as roofs of the entire school are on the verge of collapsing.
The worst of it all is that the classrooms are in bad shapes compounded with an acute shortage of furniture.
Some classrooms have been overtaken by termites and rodents, findings by this medium show that for a first time to the school will be hit by the eyesore.
The security of the school remains porous in situation reason being that no security personnel was employed by the State Ministry of Education, it was reliably gathered that only security in the school was employed by the school authority, it was learnt that the only security engaged is at the moment owed three months’ salary.
SEVEN WEEKS AFTER RESUMPTION
Seven weeks after the resumption, the population of the College is nothing to write home about, competent source attributed the scanty population to the effect of the last strike action embarked by the Organized Labour saying it has adverse effect on academic activities of the school leading to mass exodus of students to schools with better learning and favorable environment.
CONDITION OF HOSTELS ACCOMMODATION
The famous Teachers College now Government Government College Obi’s hostel accommodation is in total decaying and deplorable conditions, the existing four hostels are in a sorry state but still been used and maintained by students while the management of the College has stop students from using two of the hostels which they consider safer, and the remaining two are in shambles and in a decayed state.
One of the abandoned boys’ hostel and abandoned girls’ hostel has now become a safe haven and home for bats and other flying animals while a former General House is now standing without roof on it, few metres is the school poultry which also houses the Manager’s House that has been overgrown with grasses and other weeds.
The College is in dire need of potable drinking water as the overhead tank and water pipes supplying water to the entire school have become obsolete and old, this foisted the Parents Teachers Association to construct a local borehole which its water supply is not enough for the school use.
As at press time, it was uncovered that Fulani herders are responsible for the dysfunctional of the local borehole which this medium reliably gathered that the existing local borehole needed only five bags of cement to make it functional.
The absence of pipe borne water constitute a serious impediment to toilets existing in the school, this compelled students to take to open defecation which is dangerous to the lives of students due to tall grasses, in fact, universalreporters247.com observation and findings show that all existing toilets are in comatose.
The school lacks kitchen and this also forced the school PTA to construct a mini kitchen for the school, some of the cooks as at the time of this report lamented over the incessant disturbance and attacks by snakes.
As learnt, it Is a call for concern following the unabated trespassing of plots of land belonging to the College, an insider attributed the trespassing of land belonging to the school to the inability of the state ministry of education to fence the College making it porous for intruders and Fulani herders to come inside the school.
A visit to the school library is a call for concern as only obsolete, Old, outdated and archaic textbooks are on the shelves of the library, some of the textbooks found in the library are books published as far back as 1976.
Nothing was found in the laboratory to qualify the sheds-called laboratory apart from the concrete partition erected since the inception of the school in 1975.
The Principal of the school declined to comment on the population of the school instead he directed universalreporters247.com to the Commissioner of education.
“We were not allowed to speak to the Press for that I will not say anything, said the principal”.
The Area Manager of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Lafia Region, Jibrin Samaila when contacted on phone over the disconnection of Government College Obi for the past ten years from the national grid, said he is not in town but directed universalreporters247.com to contact the Public Relations Officer for more clarification but staffers of AEDC declined comment.
The state commissioner of education, Ahmed Tijjani Aliyu in an interview said the state government is aware of the deplorable condition of the school.
The Commissioner maintained that Government College Obi was captured amongst other schools that would soon enjoy the olive branches of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
The Osuko of Obi, His Royal Highness Dangiwa Ogiri Orume declined to comment when universalreporters247.com visited him in his palace on Monday 23/10/2017.
This medium learnt during an inspection of the school the traditional ruler was in attendance of Parents Teachers Association meeting. The meeting was rescheduled to a suitable date due to the low turnout of Parents.
The then Teachers College now Government College Obi was established on the 1/03/1975 with Mrs. M Ade Ifere as the first principal of the shed-called school.
Other eyesore pictures of the decaying school: