*COMMUNITY BLAMES AKPABIO, ENOBONG UWAH AND ORS
“NO, IT’S THEIR FAULT” EDUCATION COMMISSIONER
*AS PYTHON SNAKE KILLS TWO PUPILS
BY TOROBONG EKPO
It is glaring that despite being the state capital, the pupils of ward eight in Uyo Local Government Area, may have been perceiving free and compulsory education, as either a surreal venture or a fairy tale, as the only primary school, which house the ward, has long been turned to an eyesore, as a result of the negligence on the part of the immediate past administration of the state.
Our Reporter, who embarked on-the-spot-assessment of the Qua Iboe Church Primary School, Urua Udo, a school located in the village of the Paramount Ruler of Uyo Local Government Area, revealed that, exception of the Headmaster’s office, which has a leaking roof, all other blocks, were in a state of eyesore, as the roofs, ceilings and the blocks were all dilapidated.
Aside from the decaying structures, the vicinity of the classroom blocks, were occupied with wild animals, bush meat as unscrupulous elements in the society, used the building as toilet and chimney.
The school, which is very close to the home of the proprietor of King Solomon School, is said to have been in the dark, for about seven years, even as community blames the negligence on the immediate past governor of the State, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio.
Mr. Ubong Iniekong, a community leader, in the area, who narrated the ordeal facing the pupils of the community, revealed that, not less than two pupils, were poison and subsequently killed by Python snake, said to have used the bush, in-between classes as their habitat.
Iniekong, described the ex-governor as a man who plays politics, with everything, including the lives of people, noting that, during the traditional marriage of the Paramount rulers daughter, the erstwhile governor promised to construct the road to the vicinity, but left office, without fulfilling his promise.
He however expressed optimism that, the present governor, if properly informed will do justice to the dilapidated school, noting that, his all inclusive leadership is a sign of good thing to come to the community.
Mr. Henry Ndon, a youth leader, however took exemption to the allegation leveled against the ex-governor, insisting that, the commissioner for Housing and Urban Renewal, Hon. Enobong Uwah refused to present the dilapidated structure to the government for construction.
“There was no way; we would have met directly with the governor. What we did was to channel our problem to Enobong Uwah for onward presentation to the governor, each time we met with him, he told us that, even the governor has not done the road leading to his house in Atan Offot, as such, we should contribute money and renovate our schools” He revealed. Mrs. Lucy Eboh, one of the mothers of the dead pupils, claimed that, her only son died about a year ago, after being bitten by snake.
Despite the dilapidated structure, all the teachers, were present in the school, on a Friday morning, when this reporter visited the vicinity. Reacting to the poor state of the learning environment, the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Aniekan Akpan, in a telephone chat claimed that, the act of renovating schools, is a collective effort of the government and the community. “So when the community turns the school to toilet, the state government should come and clean it for them? Before the advent of Free and Compulsory education, it was community that opened and constructed schools. “The issue of education is a collective responsibility, between the government, community, the people, parent’s etcetera… Government efforts should be complimented”