Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 December 2012

Nigeria: Kutara Community Worries Over Dilapidated School

RESIDENTS, mostly parents of Kutara village in Abaji council have expressed concern over a dilapidated class room block at the community's Local Education Primary School.

They said the school poses danger to the lives of pupils in the place.Parents spoken to on Saturday, expressed fear at the state of the structure which has two blocks with classrooms and headmaster's office.

A spokesman of the community, Daniel Joshua, said since the structure was built years ago, there has been no renovation or provision of learning facilities in the school.

He said the school's six classrooms with headmaster's office have no furniture, adding that pupils are compelled to seat on bare floor during classes.

The spokesman also informed that the classes have leaking roofs for the past two years and during raining periods, all the pupils are crowded inside a classroom.

"The state of the community's primary school is quite worrisome as all ceilings are bad as a result of leaking roofs, while some windows and doors have been removed by wind," he added.

He further complained that the village lacks a clinic and sick people travel to neighbouring Mayaki village in Niger State for medical treatments.

The spokesman appealed to the secretary local education authority of the council to recommend for the school's renovation and provision of furniture.

Similarly, the village head of Kwakwa community in the council, Sarki Daudu Jatau, has also expressed concern over the state of the village's primary school.

He said elders in the community were mobilised to build a block of two classrooms with mud in order for their children to be educated.

According to him, two blocks of three classrooms each being built by the FCT Universal Basic Education Board was abandoned three years ago by the contractor.

"Our children have been staying inside mud classrooms for over two years and anytime it wants to rain, they are moved to my palace," he said.

The monarch lamented that he always mobilises his subjects to vote for politicians in the area but the community lacks basic social infrastructures.

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