AKWA IBOM STATE MODERN SCHOOL IN IBENO L.G.A, NOW HOME OF SNAKES, CHAIRMAN CRIES OUT.
By Victor Ibok
What is supposed to become a first class modern secondary school with an international standard of learning is now a home of various species of snakes, frogs and dangerous reptiles.
The actual situation is that the proposed model school has suffered abandonment for more than a decade and it is still counting.
After a thorough investigation about the aforementioned project in Atabrikang, a community in Ibeno Local Government Area.
It was gathered that about ten years ago, there has been a contractual misunderstanding between the contractor handling the project and the government of Akwa Ibom State, hence the abandonment.
The model school was to be built in the three senatorial district of the state, Aka community in Uyo Local Government Area serves as the host community to that of Uyo senatorial district , while that of Eket senatorial district is situated at Atabrikan community in Ibeno Local Government Area.
The Executive Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area, Pst Rt. Hon. Ifum Udoh, during his visit to the area, described the school building as an eyesore.
Apart from being disgusting, the abandoned school project constitutes a huge infrastructural deficit to the government.
The immediate past chapter chairman of The Peoples Democratic Party in Ibeno Local Government Area, who is now the Spacial Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Hon. Ekoakwaha Etteh, told sosoconnect.com how all efforts by Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh (The Honorary Special Adviser to the Governor) to draw the attention of successive governments to aid restore the school project from a sorry state, proved abortive.
Some of the indigents of the area lamented that, most times they are attacked by snakes and other dangerous reptiles as the abandoned school building harbours them.
Therefore, the cry for the government to revisit the school, resolve all pending issues, proceed the construction and the proper commencement of educational activities in the school becomes alarming.
Knowing too well, that the school would have served the inhabitants of the area, the age long suffering of daily trekking, for over fifty kilometres on a lonely bush path, to access a secondary school in eastern Obolo local government area.
The call for the revamp of the school project becomes pertinent.
Also on the chairmans’ entourage were, the vice chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area, Hon. Sunday Etor, the councillor of ward 7, Hon. Hassan Hassan, Mr Daniel Solomon and others.