Students in most schools in Lagos State learn under the harshest environment with broken down class rooms.
Teachers and Students most times are forced to stay home during rainy seasons for fear of possible building collapse.
Ikorodu High School located along Shagamu road, Ikorodu, is a classic example of the APC’s Government of Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola and now Akninwumi Ambode’s lackluster plan on how best to fix broken down schools in Lagos State.
Virtually all classrooms and teachers offices have been broken down. Students sometimes take classes under the trees while teachers hardly stay in school after classes because they have no offices to stay.
It is a thing of shame for Lagos state prided as the most urbane and cosmopolitan state in Nigeria.
Founded in 1971 by Mrs. Benson, wife of Elder statesman TOS Benson, the school was handed over to the Lagos state Government in 1976. Since after the Governor Lateef Jakande regime, no new structure has been erected while old ones rot away, according to a teacher who spoke anonymously.
“We have been forced to abandon classes and students hardly come to classes. During rainy seasons, it is the worst place to be. This has been happening for almost 20 years now. All we get is promises and promises. We have representations in both state and Federal but they don’t care,” another teacher who simply gave his name as Mr. Ade told Pointblanknews.com
A civil servant with the Lagos State Ministry of Education who also does not want to be named told Pointblanknews.com that he is shocked at the state of the school because he is aware budgetary provisions have been made for repairs of schools in Lagos State.
“I am very much in shock. I work at the Ministry of Education and I am aware budgetary provisions are made annually for repairs of Schools in Lagos State. I don’t know why this one has not been fixed,” the civil servant said.
Abijo Akeem, Chairman of the Ikorodu High School Old Student Association of 1992 set said the association is at the process of filing a petition before the State Government over the deplorable condition of the school.
“If the Government does not fix that school, it would become extinct. We are planning a petition to be sent to the State Governor, the Ministry of Education and the Lagos State House of Assembly. We cannot afford to leave the school the way it is.”
Akeem added, “if we are to groom leaders of tomorrow, they should be groomed and trained at a very conducive environment that would guarantee that they get the best form of education to be able to lead this country well.”
Pointblanknews.com investigation shows that not only in Ikorodu are schools abandoned. Mushin, Agege, Isolo, Alimosho and other local Governments have schools with broken down infrastructures which prior government and the current one simply have turned blind eyes to.
Sources say sometimes government prioritizes projects based purely on politics. In Local Governments where the ruling Party doesn’t have total control or support, they tend not to care about the welfare of the people.