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Robbers, snakes invade Ilorin school

The Government Secondary School in Ilorin has now gone downhill as ageing buildings and learning facilities remained in deplorable conditions. Rats, lizards and snakes hide in the filthy toilets and bathrooms.

School classroom (File Photo)

The Government Secondary School Ilorin (GSS) has become a target for various kinds of animals and even robbers.

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The school which was established in 1914, is one of the oldest schools in Northern Nigeria.

The school, which initially boasted of adequate facilities, has now gone downhill as ageing buildings and learning facilities remained in deplorable conditions.

A DailyTrust reporter recently visited the school and was witness to inadequate furniture in the classrooms and laboratories while most of the doors and windows in the dormitories were broken.

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Students attested to the fact that they lacked proper care while poor sanitation facilities and dilapidated buildings have created space for poisonous reptiles including snakes.

One student complained that there were rats, lizards and snakes hiding in the filthy toilets and bathrooms.

It was also revealed that despite students having to pay N56, 000 as admission fees and N30, 000 in subsequent terms. things are not as they should be.

One student said,  "We paid N56, 000 as new students and N30, 000 for subsequent terms but we don't know what they are using the money for.

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"The environment is not conducive for learning at all and the school authority insisted that we must all be boarding students. We complied but our continuous stay here has exposed us to a lot of danger and social vices."

""You do not need any explanation. You can see for yourself what we are going through here. No electricity, no safe water, no food and the environment is the most horrible one can ever think of. Parents are moving their children to better schools.

"We carried out the electricity wirings in some hostels to be able to read at night. The buildings do not have windows, doors and ceilings. We are just living here like criminals. The electric wiring is faulty in many places.

"One of the hostels was deserted because we discovered snakes, rats, scorpions and other reptiles there," he added

The student also explained how they have now become target of miscreants and robbers.

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He said, "We frequently see armed robbers in our hotels. One of them recently threatened to shoot us when we tried to raise alarm. All these have serious effects on us because some of us might be tempted to join them since there is no security or somebody to check us."

The school had celebrated its centenary anniversary in 2014 where the old students pledged to provide teaching and learning facilities. The school authority could not be reached after several attempts but a top state official said government was aware of the difficulties faced by students in some schools and that such schools would be renovated.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor, Dr. Muideen Akorede when contacted said the school is one of the main concerns of the government.

"The school is one of those that government planned to renovate with the N20 billion bond from the capital market. Once the bond is available, the schools would be renovated," Akorede said.

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