Concerned about the poor state of their Alma Mater, old students of African Church Primary School, Akowonjo, Alimosho Local Government Area, are sending an SOS message to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sonwo-Olu, to please come to the rescue.
The alumni said the school, which perimeter fence has broken down, is been overruned by weed, louts and vandals, with the heath and security of pupils attending the school being exposed to danger.
Mr Ayodeji Alade, an alumnus of the school said when they made a move to salvage the situation, they discovered that several letters/reports about the deplorable state of the school and intervention, had been made to the Alimosho Local Government Chairman, Jelili Sulaimon, but nothing has been done.
“When we made enquiries, we got to know that the Community Development Association (CDA) that covers the school, had written several intervention letters to the LG chairman and SUBEB, but nothing was done.
“The CDA Chairman, Mr Ismail Yekinni, told me emphatical that all letters sent so far have not been honoured.” Alade said
He said one of the head teachers in the school, equally complained about how louts and miscreants often invade the school and ask them to leave the premises, just about when the school is closing for the day.
The teacher said the school ceiling fans and some asbestos roofing sheets were vandalised and removed by these louts and miscrants, as the school does not have a security guard.
“A destitute was even said to have been caught sleeping in one of the classrooms at a time.
“The school has been turn to a place of smoking Indian hemp by louts and other miscrants.”
The teacher said because of the poor state of the school, parents are discouraged from even enrolling their wards and children in the school.
Alade said from assessment made when he and some other old students visited the school, shows that the school urgently needs perimeter fencing: as pupils and teachers are exposed to attacks.
That louts and miscreants have practically taken over the school, vandalising all the school property (water tank, fans etc.), with the school toilets in a terrible state.
That the school buildings have been disconnected from IKEDC, hence, both teaching and learning activities are disrupted.
That chairs, tables and boards, book shelves and other learning materials are also needed by the school.
He said though the alumni are working out ways they can make their own contributions towards revamping the school (which is subject to government approval), they, however, seek Gov. Sonwolu’s intervention in getting the school totally fixed and secured.