By Marvin Enyosa
There is no gainsaying the fact that schools, particularly government own schools, are been covered by overgrown weeds following the long period of government Stay-at-home order in a bid to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
However, since schools have resumed preparing students ahead of the SSCE examinations, it is only natural that management of schools would rely on government, host communities or students to help clear the bushes in the school environment. But that wasn’t the case of Ime-Obi Secondary School, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, as the head of the school management, Comr. Onyator-Brown Jerry, who in his acting capacity as the School Principal, singlehandedly sponsored clean-up exercise in the school.
This noble gesture had the Acting Principal spent above a hundred thousand and more to come just to engage fifteen labourers who are mainly northerners for the job.
When Ika Mirror visited the school, labourers were observed clearing the bushes which had taken over the school premises.
It was learnt that no fewer than ten snakes have been killed by the labourers. This obviously proved that students of the school could be under great danger should they be allowed to be within the school when left unkept.
To effectively execute the exercise, Comr. Onyator-Brown constituted a 4-man committee which includes Mr. Ogunbor Benjamin as Chairman, Mrs. Pat Ovia as Coordinator, Mr. Akaeru Augustine as Secretary and Mr. Orewa as member. And have indeed proven their worth in ensuring that the school was properly cleaned for academic purpose.
Speaking with Ika Mirror, Comr. Onyator-Brown Jerry, explained that the school was very busy to the extent of not been able to access walkway as at the day of resumption. Hence, he bought bottles of chemicals to spray the weeds which eventually got the walkways opened.
According to him, “the height of the weeds was as tall as the school buildings and such condition wouldn’t be nice for us to allow students write their examinations.”
When asked why he chose to use his own money and not waiting on government as others would do, the Acting Principal posited that he chose to be different and had believed that, work should not be left for government alone. “It will be suicidal for the students, leaving the school in such a dangerous state. However, we will appreciate spirited individuals and organization to visit the school and takeover from the point we have worked,” he added.
The Chairman and Coordinator of the committee, Mr. Ogunbor Benjamin and Mrs. Pat Ovia, who spoke separately, commended their Acting Principal for his kind gesture.
They affirmed that Comr. Onyator-Brown sponsored the exercise, adding that he spent not less than #25,000 on daily basis to clear only the school field.
“The issue of finance was our major challenge at the start of the exercise. However, the acting principal magnanimously brought out money to fund us.
“With what we have on ground, particularly the Covid 19 pandemic, we cannot afford to work in a dirty environment. The school has mowa, but cannot be used because of the length of the weeds.
“Therefore, our acting principal has tried and he is still spending because work is not yet completed. We are indeed proud of him, and we pray the Almighty God to bless him more abundantly,” they said.