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Flood: Ondo orders schools closed for three weeks

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Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has ordered all public primary and secondary schools affected by recurring flooding, to close for three weeks.

In a special announcement issued yesterday in Akure, by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, he said the development had generated a lot of reactions from parents and other critical stakeholders. 

“Following the flash floods that have affected most flood-prone communities, especially riverine areas, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has directed public Primary and Secondary Schools submerged in the floods to proceed on a three- week holiday, beginning from Monday, October 14, 2019.

“This becomes necessary, to forestall possible attendant incidents that may likely affect lives of vulnerable pupils in those areas, as a result of the floods. It is also aimed at protecting valuables from avoidable destruction…”

Largely affected by the natural disaster are the coastal communities in the South Senatorial District, especially towns in Okitipupa, Ilaje and Ese-Odo councils, where several houses in Igbotu, the hometown of Governor Akeredolu’s mother, were submerged. 

Ayetoro Community Primary School, Ayetoro in Ilaje Council, was submerged by the sea surge, destroying all the academic materials of the school except the certificates of the pupils that were packed to a safer place earlier by the headmaster. 

The Caretaker Chairman of Ese-Odo council, Mr. Owolewa Ojo, who identified building of structures and blockage of waterways as the major cause, assured that government would proffer lasting solution. 

But the President of Movement for the Survival of the Underprivileged (MOSUP), Mr. Dappa Maharajah, who is an alumnus of Stella Maris College, Okitipupa, flayed the government for being insensitive to plight of the people. 

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