BY UJU AZUKAEGO
Following the illegal demolition of New Era Primary School, Okpanam Road, Asaba, the state government has assured staff and pupils of the school of immediate erection of structures and provision of all educational materials needed to enhance teaching and learning.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare who said this while addressing the staff and pupils of the school yesterday at the school premises, encouraged them to continue with their usual academic activities.
“Come to school tomorrow at 8am to continue your studies, I assure that you must go to school as the state government will be of a great support to make sure that whatever you lost here would be replaced.” He noted.
Muoboghare who described the demolition of the school as an act of terrorism act frowned at the situation whereby people who are to help protect government properties, go about destroying them.
He encouraged the staff and pupils of the school that plans are on to make sure that labourers leveled the ground and mount canopies so as to enable them study as from today until construction of new school building is completed.
The Commissioner urged the teachers to get the list of the children in the school to enable government replace all they have lost in the demolition while advising the pupils to be committed in their study so as to achieve their desired aim in life.
Muoboghare who thanked some members of the community who tried to rescue few furniture from demolition even when the security agents in charge of the demolition did not allow them also solicited their support in joining the labourers to level the school premises that yesterday.
He comforted the pupils who were crying over their books demolished while advising them that their success in future depends on the effort they make in school today.
Also speaking at the school premises, the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education, SUBEB, Chief (Mrs). Pat Ejeteh said it was a pity that government was about coming to the school to put on more classroom block before they got information that the school has been demolished at the weekend.
She however urged them not to be weary as government would replace every thing they lost in no distant time.
Also, the representative of Oshimili North Local Government in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Pat Ajudua condemned the action while assuring the staff and pupil of Government plan to build a model school for them.