By Praise Necherem
Tragedy struck last week Thursday when a total of twelve classroom blocks were razed down in Community Secondary School, Ebenebe, Awka North local government area of Anambra state following a mid-day inferno that engulfed the school.
The resumption date of the school for the second term slated for today (Monday) might no longer be feasible as a result of the disaster which was said to have been caused by bush burning.
Orient Daily gathered that the school, serving four communities in the council area as well as some neighbouring communities in Enugu state, was reduced to ashes by the fire which started around 2 o’clock afternoon and raged on into the night.
Describing he incident as shocking and devastating, the Youth chairman of Uwani village, Ebenebe, Ndubuisi Chiwuba, blamed the incident to lack of management, saying the school was surrounded by bushes.
Chiwuba who regretted that the school was faced with numerous challenges, including lack of security and absence of perimeter fencing, resulting to the theft of the sound- proof power generating set installed by the state government, however expressed appreciation to God that no live was lost to the inferno, .
A teacher in the school, Mrs. Edith Modebe, thanked God that the students were still on holidays, but lamented the impact of the inferno on the school’s resumption as a number of textbooks; exercise books and students lockers were lost to the inferno.
She appealed to the state government and well- meaning individuals to come to their aid. Reacting, the team leader, State Fire Service, Ikechukwu Ibe, who responded swiftly on getting the news of the incident, reminded residents of the state of the need to be cautious during this harmattan season. He also enjoined residents of the area to clean up their environment by cutting down grasses around their buildings.
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