Posted on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 04:27 PM

Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered immediate closure of all dilapidated schools in the state.  The governor also directed that pupils and teachers of Holy Aruosa Primary School be relocated to Agbado Primary school. 

A video purported to be recorded at the Holy Arousa Primary School has gone viral on the social media. The video showed pupils occupying a dilapidated classroom.

Below is the full statement signed by a special adviser to the governor.   

1. Following the unfortunate development at Holy Aruosa Primary School, the Edo State Government has ordered the immediate relocation of pupils and teachers in the school to nearby Agbado Primary School in Benin City. 

All such schools, with dilapidated structures have been shutdown with immediate effect. Students and pupils in the affected schools are hereby relocated to other schools that will be announced soon.

2. The Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., visited Holy Aruosa Primary School as early as 7: A. M. on Thursday,  to announce the state government's decision.

3. The state government has ordered an investigation to ascertain why the initial relocation order of the pupils with their teachers was not enforced.

4. Holy Aruosa Primary School was earlier shut down by the state government and the pupils and teachers relocated to another school. Government is shocked that her order was not carried out.

5. One of the allegations being investigated is the suspicion that some teachers, who are refusing to be transferred out of the school, selfishly kept those kids in the school under unsafe condition.

6. However, it is pertinent to note that on assumption of office in November 2016, Governor Godwin Obaseki ordered an inventory of facilities and the enumeration of primary and secondary schools in the state. 

7. After the census, the schools were categorised into three: those in grade A are in good condition; those in B need little intervention and schools in grade C require total renovation.

8. It is obvious that Holy Aruosa Primary School and Osula Primary School, among others, fell in the third category and require urgent attention. The worst of them like Holy Aruosa were shut down.

9. As is the culture of this administration, groundwork has already begun for this renovation process to commence, as only few months ago bid rounds were held for the rehabilitation of some of these schools.

10. The renovation work is expected to cover 1,200 public schools in the state, with the first batch of 230 schools captured in the pilot phase of the exercise.

11. It is also pertinent to state that there is need for communities to join forces to protect renovated schools. It is common knowledge that the immediate past administration renovated and remodelled a good number of schools, but sadly, a lot of them have been vandalised and the facilities looted by hoodlums.

12. We assure that work will soon commence at these schools within Benin metropolis and other parts of the state, and call on communities to protect the structures as soon as they're built.

13. The state government will expedite action on the renovation work to ensure that our pupils learn in conducive environment, even as we roll out the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo BEST) programme to some of these schools in coming weeks.

Crusoe Osagie,

Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy

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