By CHINYERE Nnaemeka
The adhoc committee constituted by the Imo State House of Assembly (IMHA) to investigate uncompleted and abandoned buildings of the Universal Basic Education Committee (UBEC)and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has visited some of the sites at Ahiazu Mbaise and Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area.
The chairman of the committee and member representing Ahiazu Mbaise, Hon. Samuel Otuibe with member representing Aboh Mbaise, Hon.Eddy Obinna firstly paid a courtesy visit to the IMSUBEB chairman, Prof. Obioma Iheduru to gain more information concerning the programme.
Iheduru who commended the team and the State Government for approving the undertaking of the assignment, stated that apart from the poorly completed projects done from 2011 – 2014, that there had been no other project executed from 2016 – 2019.
He added that they had discussed in their board meetings and are looking into the completion of the 2015 project which was not fully completed.
Iheduru assured the team of their support, stating that they would do whatever it takes to make their quest a success.
At the Community School Ibeku Okwuato, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, it was discovered that the school premises had been over grown by grasses, had mucus on the walls of the building and was already deserted.
The president general of Ibeku community, Chief Pascal Ihebereme who said that there was no way they could allow their children to learn in such structure, pointed out that the slabs are all shaking. He added that no doors, no ceiling and even classroom tables and chairs were placed in the building.
Ihebereme stated that the building had become a den for armed robbers and all sorts of bad gangs.
The site which awakened the Otuibe’s prayer at the House plenary to bring the culprit of the act to book was the Community School Ihitteafoukwu, Ekwereazu (Isiokpu), in Ahaizu Mbaise LGA, where the building had already collapsed building.
An engineer who was part of the team said that the building collapsed because the partitions that were casted were not strongly done to stick to the foundation.
The lawmakers and entourage for the inspection were short of words beholding the site where children were supposed to had been occupying for their learning process.
“This would have been a great disaster if our children and teachers had been occupying the building. We would not accept this, for we must ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended and justice served” Otuibe noted
At the Community School Otulu Ahiara Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, where the entrance to the school premises had been covered with grasses, the headmistress, Mrs Salome Ogu said they were not using the building because there were no pillars fixed in it, adding that the building had also become a den for armed robbers and drug addicts.
In other sites – Central school Ekengwuru in Aboh Mbaise and Central school in Ihitte Ahiazu Mbaise, they had similar compliant of not having tables and seats in the classrooms, licking roofs, no ceilings and building shaking when a strong wind blows.
The member representing Ahiazu Mbaise, Hon Otuibe in an interview with journalists stated that they did not embark on the inspection to indict or witch – hunt anyone, but to see that the future of the children are secured and that they learn under a conducive environment.
The lawmaker assured the communities that they would call on the contractor of the project to immediately ensure that the buildings are put in order, lamenting that he was really heartbroken to see that some contractors were given 40 million 90 thousand Naira to execute the project and they risked the lives of children by putting poorly constructed structures.
“We urge Imolites to have faith in the Governor, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha for his real desire to rebuild the whole sector of the state. For we believe the teachers and the students would once simile once again,’Otuibe Said.
The team also commended the speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Chiji Collin, who according to them, ensured that they embarked on the inspection.