Saturday, April 19, 2014

Floods: Delta to close public schools

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The floods ravaging Delta State may make the state government close all its public schools, the governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said.

Mr. Uduaghan, on Wednesday, said that public schools in the state may be closed indefinitely following the continuous rise of flood levels in most parts of the state.

The governor said this at a meeting with political office holders in Asaba, adding that the schools would first vacate for mid-term to determine the next line of action in the face of the threat.

“As things are now, it has become obvious that we will close down schools in the state because many of them have gone under the water while others serve as camps for displaced persons.

“We may start by asking them to proceed on mid-term break, but final decision on that will be taken on Friday.’’ he said.

Schools in the state resumed on Monday after a strike by teachers, which began at the resumption of the 2012/2013 academic session on September 17.

Mr. Uduaghan gave the indication to close down schools after receiving reports from the state Flood Management Committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Amos Utuama. He said many schools had been submerged by floods, adding that the “surviving” schools had been turned into camps for displaced flood victims.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Muoboghare, who would not give the number of schools ravaged by floods, said the number was much.

“I can tell you that all schools in Burutu, Ndokwa East, Ughelli South, Bomadi, Patani and Isoko South, have been submerged,’’ he said.

Mr. Muoboghare, a professor,  said  that 75 per cent of others in Isoko North, Oshimili North and South, Ndokwa West and Aniocha South were also submerged. He said the situation was precarious as there was the likelihood that more communities and schools would be submerged.

The commissioner gave indications that the floods were increasing in the three Ijaw councils, two Isoko councils, and Ughelli North and South Local Government areas.

He said  while the floods appeared to be receding in Asaba and Ndokwa areas, it is emptying into the areas around the “mouth” of the River Niger and those are the Ijaw, Isoko and Ughelli areas.

NAN

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