By Stanley Onyekwere
Following a heavy rainstorm, human disaster was averted in Government Secondary Schoolm Bwari, a co educational boarding facility in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), but tales of the heavy downpour in the nation’s capital city, which has left behind devastating effects on residents is yet to be over.
It was gathered that no life was list as students were not in the hostel when the rain and the devasg wind ripped through the school property with rage, while students of GSS Bwari were still on Sallah break, hence becoming the saving from such mortal danger.
Recall that Wednesday downpour which started in parts of Abuja very early in the morning lasted for several hours, in the wake of recent series of ravaging rainstorm in the FCT, resulting in the loss of life and property.
On a visit to the school, roofs of about three hostels were completely blown off, and the wreckage of the hostels were yet to be evacuated, wet mattresses were brought out just they can dry before the students returned.
It was observed that the school had no electricity supply at the time of the visit to avert accident as electricity poles were broken with nakes wires on the ground. Also, some trees that would have served as wind breakers were broken in pieces while some were uprooted by the wind.
Furthermore, a section of the perimeter fense of the school was equally brought down leaving the school susceptible to other elements and putting safety of students in jeopardy.The fense of the female hostel section too was completely broken down.
As succintly noted, Chairman, FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB), Yahaya Mohammed, Chairman, who was in company of Chief Sunny Monedafe, SEB Board membe for an on-the-spot assessment, he described as an emergency situation and that they would do all within their capacity to remedy the situation.
The SEB Chairman said they have witnessed thevsituatin which he said they will as a matter of urgency roll out tree planting campaign in FCT schools to mitigate the effects of storms and prevent further occurrence.
He assured that the Board would be pro active in their response and fix the challenges in good time. He however hoped that beurocratic bottlenecks will not delay their response.
Principal of the school, Dr. (Mrs.) Favour Edem who conducted the Board chairman and journalusts round the school was to see the devastation was thanked God that students were not in the hostel as there were home for Sallah celebrations.
She was full of appreciation floor the prompt responce of the Board and said she would be grateful if the Board swift in fixing the damages.
Dr. Edem said on their part they are trying to remedy the female hostel fence before the students return.
She lamented that the broken fence has exposed the school to dangers and that even with perimeter fence, students try to go out without permission and that the controlling students and regulating their outing will become impossible with the broken down fence.