Residents Decry Illegal Use Of School


Residents of Ijegun town in Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area of Lagos State,  South West Nigeria, have decried illegal use of the only primary school in the community  allegedly by motor drivers, touts, market men and women and others, calling on appropriate  authorities to take action.

The residents informed Lagos Bulletin that the invasion of the school which comprising four  primary schools began after a fire incident that occurred on 15 May, 2008, damaging a  portion of the fence and the school became accessible to all sorts of people.

Alhaji Musiliu Oloyede, who claimed to an old student of the school and chairman of  Ikotun-Igando Development Coalition, said what the school is experiencing now did not occur  during his days in there.

He called on the state government to chase out those he described as illegal immigrants that  have converted the school to motor park and market.

“I am an old student of this school and during my days, there was nothing like this. The  school was well protected but now, it has been turned to a motor park and market. Drivers  and traders have abandoned government designated parks and market and converted the school  for a different purpose entirely.

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“We do not want them here again, we want both the union and traders around to move out of  the place because they are causing a lot of distraction to our children and wards.

“Government should assist us in chasing these people away,” he said.

When Lagos Bulletin went round the school, it was observed that a portion of the school  fence has collapsed, making the school to be porous. Also, some of the classrooms are in  defective state, having been turned to public toilet and bathrooms.

It was also observed that the school’s water well has been turned to local pit as human  excreta was seen in and around it. The residents therefore appealed to concerned authorities  to rescue the school from the illegal occupants and reconstruct the collapsed fence as well  as rehabilitate the structures before the pupils return from holiday.

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