9th December, 2010
Officials of Alimosho Local Government Health have dragged schools to the IgandoÂ Ikotun Grade â€˜Bâ€™ Customary Court for not providing a well equipped sick bay forÂ their pupils.
One of the schools, Stargate School, located at 21B, Kola Arowale Street, Awida, wasÂ represented by its proprietor, Mr. Kolawole Ogunmola, in the court.
The prosecutor, Absalam N.A, made a six-count charge against the school whichÂ include, failure to provide sanitary and modern toilet facilities, failure toÂ provide sick bay for its pupils, failuer toÂ provide fire extinguisher as well asÂ contempt of court.
Also, when the health officials went to the school on Tuesday morning, they wereÂ denied entrance into the school and this was punishable under Section 27 ofÂ Environmental Sanitation Law,Â 2000 of Lagos State which stipulates aÂ fine or 3Â months imprisonment for any obstruction.
The accused pleaded guilty, and said an adequate sick bay has been made availableÂ and efforts are being made to eliminate the nuisances.
Hopewell school located at 5/7, Adeyinka Street, Off Pabbus stop, Ikotun was alsoÂ arraigned before the court for not providingÂ a sick bay, failure to clean cobwebsÂ in the classrooms, failure to dispose refuse properlyÂ andÂ to cut the overgrownÂ weeds around the flower beds as well as contempt of court.
The magistrate who presided over the two cases fined the schools, saying failure toÂ pay the fines will lead to imprisonment of the proprietor and the head teacher thatÂ represented the schools forÂ six months. He adjourned the case till 18 January,Â 2011.
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