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Flood Affects Pupils of Lagos Island School

Flood Affects Pupils of Lagos Island School

Pupils of Anwar-Ul-Islam Primary School, Apongbon, Lagos Island, were on Monday forced to vacate their classrooms following massive flooding of their premises.

They were forced to relocate to a yet-to-be inaugurated building in a junior secondary school which is scheduled to take off in September.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rain, which started since Sunday night, had made the classrooms inhabitable for learning.

Teachers and pupils abandoned the flooded five-classroom block as it had become weak, NAN learnt.

NAN also reports that a section of the block has been submerged while cracks were noticed on the walls.

The school’s Assistant Headmaster, Mr Saka Lasisi, told NAN that the school was usually flooded because of its location.

``The school is usually flooded anytime it rains as water from parts of the community flows into the school premises.

"The block is already sinking with cracks on the walls and that is why we were forced to relocate to a new block in the junior secondary school within the premises,’’ he said.

Lasisi said apart from the flooding which had forced them to abandon their building, the school’s toilet facilities had also become a shelter for reptiles and dangerous animals.

He called for the assistance of the authorities to enable the school to resume normal academic work.

However, Mr Oluwole Ogunleke, Chairman, Olowogbowo Community Development Association, told NAN that the problem of flooding in the Apogbon area was being addressed.

He said the drains had been cleared while illegal structures on the drains were demolished to ensure free flow of rain water.

Ogunleke said the perennial flooding being experienced in the school was caused by lack of drains.

He urged the state government to come to their aid without further delay.

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