By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA(HURIWA) has asked the minister of Education Alhaji Adamu Adamu, the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari to take concrete steps to intervene before the newly Commissioned TETFUND’S Structure at the Imo state University collapses.
The Rights group – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has also raised alarm regarding the General state of lack of sanitation of the entire vicinity of the Imo state University in Owerri, Imo state and called on governor Hope Uzodinma, the visitor to the state owned University to compel the hierarchy of the school to clean up the school to stave off imminent health emergency on that campus.
The National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of Media Affairs Miss Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) asked Imo state citizens to hold governor Hope Uzodinma, Ministers of Education including the Imo state born minister of state for education Emeka Nwajiuba and the respective education committees of the National Assembly should activate urgent technical and policy actions to salvage what is left of dilapidated faculty of Humanities (TETFUND 2017 Special High Impact Project) structure from imminent collapse which might harm or kill hundreds of students within the seriously unkempt school environment.
“Our members in Imo state have just visited the Imo State University in Owerri and from what we saw, the TETFUND Intervention Project and that of ETF are nothing but time bombs waiting to explode due to poor quality of works and the materials used in building these structures because obviously when compared to the ETF dilapidated building, the old ETF structure was built with quality materials unlike the new TETFUND building. We are appealing to all the relevant authorities to intervene immediately and stop a disaster from happening. We have photographic evidence of the bad state of these buildings aforementioned”.
HURIWA recalled that around December 2nd 2019, The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) team visited Imo State University Owerri and Commissioned their funded projects which include the Senate building, Faculty of Humanities and Female Hostel on 30th November, 2019.
HURIWA recalled that the Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Prof Suleman Elias Bogoro while commissioning the Senate building declared Imo State University Owerri as one of the best State Universities in Nigeria. Speaking, Prof Bogoro lauded the Vice Chancellor of IMSU Prof Adaobi Victoria Obasi, for building a standard edifice unlike the sub-standard structures some Vice Chancellors build after receiving funds from TETFUND. “I released the funds for these Projects and I am Happy to be here today, to commission them. The Vice Chancellor has built a very standard buildings and we promise to do more for the Institution. Imo State University Owerri is one of the best Universities in Nigeria and I am proud of the VC, Prof Adaobi Obasi”.
HURIWA said the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed who Commissioned Faculty of Humanities congratulated the Vice Chancellor, Prof Adaobi Obasi and the entire Imo State University Management just as he encouraged everyone to continue making great impact in the institution.
The Rights group quoted the media as stating that Prof Adaobi Obasi concluded by Commissioning the Female Hostel while expressing her profound joy over the completion and commissioning of the buildings. Prof Adaobi thanked TETFUND for their immense role in the development of Imo State University Owerri both in Education support interventions as well as in the physical infrastructural development and maintenance.
HURIWA however said it is a scandal of monumental proportions that less than a year after these structures were commissioned with pomp and ceremony, there are evidence that the materials deployed to build the structures are seriously substandard demanding urgent action to stop them from imminent collapse.