Threatened by erosion, Imo community school cries for help

During the rainy season, you can hardly drive in here. In fact, teachers should be paid extra money for finding way to come and teach the children here.
“The whole water that comes from the Aboh Mbaise headquarters run into this school, washing off the school field, thereby causing serious erosion. The volume of water that flows like a river to the school always turns the place into a water-logged and inaccessible area.”
This statement was made by the Principal of Oboama Secondary School, Mrs. Carol C. Nwabugwu, during the school’s Founders’ Day and Launching of a maiden magazine called: “The Light,” adding that “the school is faced with some teething problems that need to be addressed urgently.”
Oboama Secondary School is a community school in Oboama village, Ezinihitte Local Government Area of Imo State. It was founded in 1993 to accommodate the large number of students seeking for admission into secondary school from the area.
A visit to the school by our reporter indicates that the school is presently at the risk of being completely cut off from the rest of the world if the devastating erosion ravaging the road to Oboama-Amumara and the town itself is not addressed.
Aside the erosion problem, the school is also in a dilapidated condition. The senior secondary section and laboratory blocks were deteriorated in addition to the shortage of science equipment and furniture in the laboratories.
Other challenges include lack of modern toilet facility for both staff and students, lack of potable water and electricity, perimeter fence and sufficient classrooms.
According to the principal, the management of the school had to do some extra work with help of teachers and students to reduce the volume of water flowing into the school, saying: “We normally use sand bags to fill potholes and to have a water break to reduce the volume of water coming into the school.”
She said despite several complaints to the authorities concerned, the problems have not been addressed, adding that “the erosion has done terrible damage to the psyche of students, staff and natives of the community and affects the productivity of both the teachers and students as well.”
She lamented that she has been battling with the ecological problem since she took over the school in September 2011, appealing to the government to come to the aid of the school by rehabilitating the road and the dilapidated structures.
Our reporter was informed that the construction of a block of six classrooms in the school by the Oboama community in collaboration with Local Empowerment and Environmental Management Project (LEEMP) and World Bank was abandoned.
Speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for Public Utilities Dr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu stated government’s determination to providing modern laboratory equipment to the school, promising that the school would soon be connected to the national grid for electricity supply.
On the erosion devastated Oboama-Amumara road, the commissioner said the road has been captured in the state government scheme of things and work will start on it soon.
Also, the Commissioner of Education Dr. Uche Ejiogu urged the students of the school to always shun cultism and other vices that could ruin their future.

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