Termites ravage Ekiti college regardless of N30 million intervention fund

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In 2017, the government of Ekiti State budgeted N30 million for termite control in Osi Community High School, in Osi Ekiti area of the state.

However, an UDEME investigation has discovered that the government made any attempt to control the destructive insects as classrooms and other buildings in the school are either in ruins or about to completely collapse.

The decrepit condition of the school is now a major concern to pupils and staff members of the school who told UDEME that the dilapidated condition of the buildings poses a serious health and safety risk.

When this reporter visited the school, the devastation caused by the insect was visible from its main entrance.

The termites had eaten almost all the trees one encounters as one walks into the school to their roots. They had built huge mud nests everywhere the eyes could see – the infestation starts from the gatehouse, to the principal’s office – no standing structure in the school had been spared.

Disaster waiting to happen

Mr Ogunleye said despite efforts by the school authorities to eliminate the pests, they have breached the structural integrity of the buildings in the school and that he feared that some of them might collapse soon.

True to Mr Ogunleye concern, this reporter observed that the roofs of some of rooms at Osi Community High School were sagging and grains of sands intermittently cascade from them.

The school had no choice but to abandon some of the classrooms, laboratories and common rooms for fear that their roof would collapse suddenly.

N30 million termite-control budget

In 2017, the Ekiti State government budgeted N30 million for the renovation of termite infested buildings in Osi Community High School. Four years after, staff of the school say nothing has been done to eradicate the termites.

It is not clear if all the funds were disbursed.

“I was not the principal till around 2018 so I don’t know about that. There is no proof that the government helped us. We need assistance to eradicate the termites because as time goes on, it will cover all the rooms in this building. The school has a lot of certificates in the cabinets and other places. We don’t want termites to destroy it,” said Mr Aladelesi.

Gbenga Okinni, the registrar, who said he has been in the school for seven years, also claimed there has been no government intervention to solve the infestation.

“There is no single classroom here without termites and even the staff rooms are infested by termites. Our lives are at risk. What if the roof falls one day? You must have seen the dilapidated classrooms over there. So, the students cannot stay there. There are only very few classes that are still available that we manage for the students,” he said.

During a tour of the school, this reporter saw an abandoned building whose roof had caved in. The devastation caused by the termite-infestation was so severe that only a few classrooms where pupils are cramped into are available for use.

At the edge of the school stood an uncompleted building which appears to be the main habitation of the termites.

Although termites cannot destroy concrete, the pillars of the building were chipped and some broken. Termite molds could be found on these broken pillars and on the roof of the building.

This report was written as part of the UDEME project.

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