Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta
No fewer than 30 buildings were destroyed by heavy rainstorm on Tuesday at the Federal College of Education (FCE), Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The storm which started at about 2.30pm, affected the office of the Provost, Vocational Education Department, Dean’s office, Micro Teaching Laboratory, Students Union Building, hostels and the 1500-seater hall of the institution among others.
Speaking to journalists at the school premises on Wednesday, the Deputy Provost, Dr Rafiu Soyele, said the havoc caused by the rainstorm was enormous and that it occurred during the students’ examination.
“The storm had a devastating effect on the campus; in fact, it occurred during an examination. The damage is enormous, the buildings affected are not less than 30, we discovered this when we moved round yesterday and that is the issue on ground.”
Asked the cost of the destruction, Soyele who appealed for assistance from the federal government said, “that is the duty of our Director of works and I am sure that before the end of the week, he would come out with a specific amount for the repairs.”
The official, who further disclosed that no life was lost, reiterated that, “We would need the assistance of the Federal government because the damage was enormous. We were lucky because we are almost concluding our examination;the students are almost leaving for their various homes so, this has no effect on the students for now. However, we must address it before their resumption by November ending.”