As the rainy season sets in, the havoc and attending challenges that come with it become more visible, while the vulnerable pray for their safety.

This is the situation at the foremost secondary school in the state, the Etinan Institute, Etinan as the weekend rainstorm has caused tremendous havoc on the school premises.

The Special Assistant to the Akwa State Government on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia, who had earlier on Sunday made an on-the-spot visit to the school yesterday, Tuesday, April 11, 2023, led the Chairman of the State Secondary Education Board, Dr. Ekaete Ebong Okon, and some management staff of the board to the school to assess the extent of damage wracked by the rainstorm.

The assessment shows that two big almond trees were pulled down, the roofs of most staff quarters, the administrative block, the assembly hall, and some classroom blocks were blown off while some electric poles as well were pulled off.

On close examination, it was discovered that some of the damages, asides from the storm, were as a result of the poor standard of roofing and sub-standard work delivered by contractors.

The SA appealed to heads of schools to trim down trees that pose threats and hazards to lives and properties within their school’s premises to avoid the possibility of recording casualties in situations like these.

To avoid more of such occurrences, the team advised the principal generals and heads of schools to report such poor-quality job delivery to the appropriate quarters and not just keep mute.

While chatting with some of the teachers who live in the school compound and by extension, other teachers who are equally living in their school compounds across the state, the education stakeholders admonished them to develop a culture of maintaining the quarter allotted to them to live from their housing and transport allowance included in their salaries and not wait for the government or schools authorities to avoid the buildings becoming dilapidated in such manner as was seen during the inspection.

The teachers were also urged to live up to their responsibilities and the expectations of the professional callings as role models by their dress code and general behavior. They equally maintained that while on holidays, teachers should not be excessively casual as they could be called up anytime for an official engagement.

Akparawa Udofia in a special message called on all and sundry in Nigeria and diaspora, the Old Boys Association, spirited individuals, sons and daughters of Etinan, and education lovers to come to aid the school back on feet as schools resume in the next two weeks and also ensure the exiting students who are starting their final examination in May 2023 write in a conducive environment.

On behalf of the community, Dr. Okon Emah, former Commissioner for Health and an old boy of the institution thank the Chairman of the State Education Board and his team for the prompt attention within short notice to access the extent of damage and appealed for intervention.

In his response, the principal general of the school, Mr. Bassey Udo Uwa appreciated the stakeholders for the visit and appealed for perimeter fencing in the school to ensure the safety of the boarding students who are billed to resume school in two weeks.

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