By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
No fewer than 1,500 students, invigilators and some members of staff of the Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta on Tuesday escaped death when a 30-minute rainstorm pulled off the roof of some buildings on the school campus.
One of the buildings affected was the 1500-seater hall where the students were sitting for their second semester examination at the time of the incident.
Some of the buildings also destroyed by the storm were, the office of the Provost, the vocational education department, office of the Dean, the Micro Teaching Laboratory, Students Union building among others.
It was gathered that the incident occurred around 2:30pm when many of the students had already seated in the hall to write their second semester examinations of the 2016/2017 academic session.
The Deputy Provost, Dr. Rafiu Soyele, who spoke to journalists who visited the school to access the extent of damage, expressed shock at the level of damage and appealed to the Federal government for financial aid to assist the management to repair all the affected building.
Soyele recalled, “As at yesterday, we were in the office around 2:30pm, when the thunder storm came but we thought it was going to be a small thing, but, surprisingly, it even started from my office, I noticed flood in my office and I asked some staff to clean it up and just as they were doing that, I started receiving calls from different quarters reporting the devastating effect the rain has had on their files and sections.
”We started moving round to see what had really happened, we were sad because of the devastating effect the thunder storm had on the campus. The storm affected the provost office, the vocational education department, office of the dean, the micro teaching laboratory, Students union building, the 1500-seater hall of the institution among others. In fact, the incident occurred during an examination.
“The damage is enormous, the buildings that are affected are not less than thirty, we discovered this when we moved round yesterday and that is the issue on ground.
“Honestly, we are not happy with what has happened here yesterday, but, we just have to let the government know the environmental hazard that has occurred in our college”, he said.
Talking about the estimation of the damaged buildings in naira and kobo, the provost also said.” well, that is the duty of our Director of Works and I am sure that before the end of the week, he must have been able to come out with a specific amount that can capture the repairs.
“We would need the assistance of the Federal government because the damage is enormous and we all know that we are in an era of paucity of fund.
“We are lucky because we are almost concluding our exams and the students are almost leaving for their various homes so, this has no effect on the students for now, but we must address it before their resumption and by November ending the students will be resuming to school because we are almost concluding our admission process.
“But we still want to thank God because there is no casualty at all”, he concluded.