Weed, Bushes take over COE, Afaha Nsit

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Weed, Bushes take over COE, Afaha Nsit

…Students lament exorbitant hostel fee, ill treatment by mgmt

… Our toilets are not maintained; we pee and excrete at the back of our classrooms” – students cry

Priscilla Christopher

The Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit is just a step from becoming a forest reserve with the wild weed and bushes it is grooming.

The school which is currently on the 2020/2021 academic session and conducting examinations for its students is at the moment, wearing a scary look as thick bushes and weed envelop it whilst academic activities are ongoing.

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Notably, the external part of the school was well lawned when this reporter visited the premises, while its interiors including the administrative block, car parks, Staff rooms, class rooms and other paths are all grown with weeds begging to be cut.

Also worthy of note is that the State College of Education has no functional convenience for students to use. Many of the students who spoke on grounds of confidentiality, informed newsmen that they urinated or excreted at the back of their classrooms whenever they feel pressed despite the huge effects of open defecation.

“We have few toilets but they are not maintained. The school had once asked us to pay N50 for them to get a janitor who will be keeping the toilet clean after use; and since students did not respond, they never mentioned the topic again. So since then, the toilet has remained in a mess and we use the backyard”, one of them confided.

Upon further enquiry, another female student informed that the institution was not accommodating students in its ultramodern hostel due to its exorbitant cost.

“They are asking us to pay N50,000 for accommodation in the hostel for a session; even Uniuyo which is a Federal institution is not charging that much. We are all staying off-campus while the Hostel is just standing there like a statue. How can accommodation be higher than school fees?”, the student wondered.

Speaking about the overgrown weeds, one of the male students who spoke on anonymity revealed that they resumed for the semester to meet the grasses that way.

“We saw the grasses like this when we resumed and since we are on exams presently; it will probably be there till we go on vacation. We have started seeing snakes already; one was killed in a lecturer’s office some days ago”, he said.

While the present students have their bushy environment and open urination to worry about, former students of the institution are lamenting the refusal of the school to give them their certificates.

One of the ex-students who was at the school after a routine 3-day visit could not hold back her frustration as she spoke to newsmen. The 2016 graduate informed that she has been trying to get her certificate for four years now. “My colleagues and I have been coming here for the past four years to no avail. The person in charge keeps telling us to wait or come back another day. This has continued for four years now”, she lamented.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach the College Provost, Dr. Daniel Udo proved abortive. He was not within the school premises for over 4 hours and refused taking his calls when contacted.