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Despite Over N90 Million Allocated, Akure Schools Still Yearn For Facilities

For three years, between 2017 and 2019 two schools in Akure; Christ College and Ogbe High School benefitted from three separate Zonal Intervention Projects to the tune of over N97 million.

Despite this funding allocation, the schools still yearn for facilities that enable their students to learn properly.

As part of his Zonal Intervention Projects (ZIPs), Afe Olowokere the lawmaker representing Akure South and North Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives nominated a project to construct classrooms in the schools. Tagged ‘construction of a block of classrooms with offices and Vips Toilets for Christ College and Ogbe High School’, the project appeared in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 budgets.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Mr Olowokere nominated the construction of a block of three classrooms including 6 VIP offices and toilets projects in the two schools for N50 million, N24 million and N23 million respectively.

UDEME could not ascertain if the schools were meant to benefit from this project each year or if they were re-nominated.

In April, UDEME visited Christ College located in Bolorunduro Community of Akure North local government and Ogbe High School in Oda Community of Akure South local government.

For the three years, Mr Olowokere nominated the projects for the sum of N97,740,741 million for the execution. Information from the Accountant-General office showed that ZIPs for these years have been fully funded.

A signpost of Ogbe High School, Oda

 

The Situation In Both Schools

 

At Ogbe High School, schoolchildren were seen playing around while teachers were outside in groups.

This reporter observed that the school has only one block of three classrooms teachers said was built in 2019. Contrary to specification, the building does not have any staff rooms.

“The classrooms built are not enough to cater for our challenges, because we don’t have a public toilet and a proper office.” Mr Godwin Daniel, a teacher who teaches literature in the school said.

“As you can see, most of the buildings in this school are due for renovation. The only classroom built by the government was through a federal lawmaker in 2019 but there is no toilet and office. The building was also without furniture, leaving us unable to find a means to equip the building.”

Students playing on the school field at Ogbe High School Oda

The school vice-principal, Afolashade Ajibola, did not grant an interview but one of the teachers, who spoke to UDEME, complained about the lack of facilities in the school.

“I have been in this school for a while and the only project done by the government is a block of three classrooms that was built in 2019. You can see it right there. Although there are many things we need in this school, I believe the Vice-Principal will push for them.”

This reporter observed the same situation at Christ College. Only three blocks of classrooms were built and the building does not have spaces for toiles or staff rooms.

Mrs Ajayi Adeniran, a physics teacher, expressed her hope for more government intervention as she praised the then lawmaker for his initiative in ensuring that at least a functional classroom, which is part of what he donated to the school. She also stressed the fact that the majority of the classrooms are not in good shape.

“The school needs more classrooms as the one built is not enough to cater for the needs of the students. We also need more government intervention in several areas like the school hall and more classrooms,” she said.

Efforts were made to reach the supervising agency, Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) to seek reasons on why projects are not built to specification but calls to lines on its website did not go through.

A block of three classrooms at Christ College Akure North

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