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Osun Mega Schools: Safety Of Our Students, Teachers Top Priority, Says SSG

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NBy Deborah Oladejo,  Osogbo

Osun State government has debunked the claims that the administration of Adegboyega Oyetola is out to witch-hunt its predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola with the decision to carry out integrity tests on the state-owned model schools.

Secretary to the State Government,(SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, who stated this in a statement on Friday said the reason the government embarked on the exercise was for the safety of students, teachers, and all workers in the affected schools.

He reiterated the determination of the state government to keep its citizens and residents safe irrespective of mischief makers’ insinuations to the contrary.

Oyebamiji said the governor will continue to do what is right for his people unlike the desperate elements, trying to score cheap political points at the expense of human lives.

Oyebamiji said: “It is not in contention that the model schools were built by the last administration. However, the responsibility of keeping the students, teachers and all workers using the facilities rest on the shoulders of the present government.

“It is a duty the governor swore an oath to perform. That is why we will not wait for disaster to happen before exercising abundance of caution. It is therefore sad and appalling to think that some people will politicise every noble act of governance based on sound professional advice and done with full sense of responsibility to proactively protect properties that belong to the government and the life of our young citizens.”

The SSG explained that the origin of the structural challenges in a few of the model schools predated the Oyetola administration.

“A few months after the swearing-in of Mr. Oyetola as the governor of the state, some of the facility managers appointed by the previous administration complained to the new administration about the shocking, accelerated deterioration and alarming disintegration of some of the schools under them.

“Based on this complaint, the new administration in early 2019 requested one of the facility managers, Engr (Mrs) C. B Olajide, who was the one in charge of maintenance of the mega schools and also a Senior Special Assistant  to former Governor Rauf Aregbesola to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the physical conditions of the 10 functional Mega schools and come up with repair and rehabilitation needs.

“The consultant came up with a disturbing report containing a wide range of defects and glaring material failures in schools commissioned between 2016 and 2018.

“The report, submitted in April 2019, specifically raised some structural concerns that questioned the safety of occupants of two of the schools namely Ayedaade Grammar School, Ikire and Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo.

“In accordance with best professional practice, Engr (Mrs.) C. B Olajide then suggested that comprehensive tests be carried out on all the schools as precautionary and preventive measures especially in reported cases of settling foundation.

“According to Olajide, a former facility manager and civil engineer,  most of the stairs in Fakunle Comprehensive High School, are gradually turning into rubbles as a result of load pressure. Under structural failure, the stairwell is usually the last to collapse to allow for evacuation .

“It is recommended that the structural stability of the facility be verified. Population of the student in this school is advised to be reduced to 2000 until safety is proved,” the SSG stated.

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