Natural Disaster! Education On Hold As Flood Takes Over Anambra State

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Most primary, post primary and tertiary schools especially in Ogbaru and Oko Local Government Areas of Anambra State have been temporarily closed down due to the flooding in the state.

The council Chairman, Mr Arinze Awogu disclosed this while inaugurating the distribution of relief materials at the council headquarters, Atani on Tuesday, 18th of September.

The management of Federal Polytechnic, Oko also ordered the students to immediately vacate the campus on Tuesday, 18th of September.

In a statement released by the institution’s spokesman, Obini Onuchukwu, members of the school were told to suspend all activities.

Onuchukwu said the directive became necessary after some parts of the campus became flooded.

“The access roads to the campus, fields, offices and classrooms have all been submerged and the students are having challenges accessing their classrooms,” the statement read.

“The institution’s perimeter fencing, electric transformer and generating sets are also submerged, resulting in total blackout.

“We encounter flooding almost yearly, but the magnitude of this year’s flooding has gone beyond what we had recorded in the recent past. Apart from the campus, hostels belonging to individuals where our students stay off campus were also submerged, making life and activities in the school impossible.

“The flood had already damaged some household appliances and personal belongings of the students such as books and mattresses.”

He said the emergency holiday may be extended if the remedial works planned by the institution failed to take place.

The National Emergency Management Agency had, on Monday, 17th of September, declared the flooding in Anambra and Kogi a national disaster.

The emergency unit of the Nigerian Army was also directed to begin search and rescue operations.



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