By Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta.
Not less than thirty buildings were destroyed by heavy rainstorm at the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta on Tuesday afternoon.
The rainstorm which started around 2.30 in the afternoon was said to have affected major buildings in the School.
Speaking with our Correspondent, the Deputy Provost of the College, Dr Rafiu Soyele said the damage was enormous.
His words, “As at yesterday we were in the office around 2:30pm, when the torrential rain came but we thought it was going to be a small thing but surprisingly it even started from my office.”
“I noticed flood in my office and I asked some staff to clean it up and just as they were doing that, I started receiving calls from different quarters reporting the devastating effect the rain has had on their file and sections.”
“We started moving round to see what has really happened, we were sad because of the devastating effect the rain had on the campus.”
He added, “The storm affected the Provost office, the vocational education department, office of the Dean, the Micro Teaching laboratory, Students Union building, the 1500 seater hall of the institution.”
He lamented that “The damage is enormous, the buildings that are affected are not less than thirty, we discovered this when we moved round yesterday and that is the issue on ground.”
“Honestly, we are not happy with what has happened here but we just have to let the government know the environmental hazard that has occurred in our college yesterday.”
Speaking on the financial implication of the damage, the Deputy Provost said “Well, that is the duty of our Director of works and I am sure that before the end of the week he would able to come out with a specific amount that can capture the repairs.”
He thereafter called on government to quickly assist the Institution saying, “We would need the assistance of the Federal government because the damage is enormous.
“We are lucky because we are almost concluding our examination and the students are about leaving for their various homes, so, this has no effect on the students for now, but we must address it before their resumption and by November ending the students will be resuming in school because we are almost concluding our admission process.”
“But we still want to thank God because there is no casualty at all.”