11 June 2012

Nigeria: Students, Staff Mourn FGGC Bwari Principal

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The scene of the Lagos aircraft crash on Sunday.

Students and staff of Federal Government Girls School (FGGC) Bwari were on Friday morning seen wearing mournful faces over the death of their Principal, Mrs Maria Okwulehie, who died along with about 152 passengers in the ill-fated Dana Airline that crashed in Lagos recently.

Staff spoken to declined to comment on the incident while normal lessons had resumed in the place.

Our reporter gathered from a staff that before the plane crash, the school's vice-principal had died in an auto crash, which made the principal's death a double tragedy.

The school's vice-principal Special Duties declined to speak to journalists and directed them to the Federal Ministry of Education for clearance.

A member of the school's management who pleaded anonymity said they are trying to stabilize the situation after the unfortunate deaths of their leaders.

"We were still grieving over the death of our vice- principal, who died few weeks ago in a road accident when we learnt of the principal's death in a plane crash," he said.

The staff described the late principal as hardworking, dedicated and a disciplinarian, who laid a solid foundation for the growth of the school.

A condolence register was on display at the entrance of the school's administrative block, where people from within and outside the school community registered their condolences, while the Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, paid condolence visit to the school.

The minister told staff and students of the school to take solace in the fact that the principal built a solid foundation for the growth of the school, while Bwari council chairman, Peter Yohanna Ushafa, urged the school's community to take solace in God.

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