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Okorocha: Imo students voice concerns over quality of renovation on schools

By Justice C. Agoha.

A back view of Emmanuel College, Owerri, just renovated by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State
A back view of Emmanuel College, Owerri, just renovated by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State

A cross section of students in Owerri, the Imo State capital, have voiced their concerns over what they described as “poor quality” of renovation work being carried out on school buildings by the Imo State government under Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Speaking to Education Post in Owerri, some of the students, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, lamented that school buildings in the state were being hurriedly renovated, thereby raising strong questions about durability and quality.

Although many of the students interviewed expressed happiness at the state government’s decision to accord priority attention to education, some however stated that the pace at which the renovations were being carried out was too swift to accommodate thoroughness, and had left so much to be desired.

“I am happy that Governor Okorocha has remembered us finally. The governments before paid very little attention to education; but I don’t think anyone can say the same of this {Okorocha’s} government.

“Although, for me, I am not really impressed with the pace at which renovations are being carried out on the schools; the workers are just too much in a hurry.

“I want the governor to think, first, about quality before anything else. As you can see when you look at these structures, the government is not thinking about quality that at all,” one of the students at Emmanuel College, Owerri, said.

Other students, however, observed that the school buildings, following renovations by Governor Okorocha’s government, looked too flashy to endure the test of time.

“I am not pleased at all with the quality of work I see being done on my school. It is true that the school looks beautiful and flashy now, but I know they will not shine like this for a long time.

“I would be happy if the government pays more attention to quality. The buildings look too flashy for my liking now,” another student at Comprehensive Secondary School, Owerri, said.

Education Post recalls that, at the onset of his administration in 2011, Governor Rochas Okorocha had declared a state of emergency on education across the entire Imo State, and had vowed to give all public schools a befitting facelift before the end of his government.

The declaration, investigations by Education Post revealed, has resulted in the reconstruction of most school blocks across Imo State. This is in addition to ongoing construction of one-storey buildings in most electoral wards across the state.

However, it was observed that many of the schools on which renovation exercises were being carried out had structures clearly visible to passers-by hurriedly renovated while most of the buildings situated far from public view were left in pretty much the same state – if not worse!

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