Despite numerous claims by Governor Ben Ayade’s regime that it is transforming Cross River State, CitizensAlert can confirm that this claim is entirely fallacious. The State’s infrastructures under Ayade’s watch are crumbling, and are fast becoming an eyesore, despite having officially spent approximately N4 trillion since assuming office in May of 2015.
An example of this decay can be seen in abundance at Community Secondary School, Ubang, in Obudu Local Government Area of the state, where CitizensAlert visited recently. Our reporter gathered from residents that Community Secondary School, Ubang has not been renovated since it was built more than 20 years ago, resulting in it becoming an embarrassing sight as can be seen in the attached photographs. It was also gathered that since the wind blew up the school’s roof three years ago, no effort has been made by Ayade’s regime to fix it, thereby exposing students to direct sunlight and rainfall.
“Part of the school’s roof was blown away by the wind almost three years ago, yet the authorities continue to behave as if nothing happened. Besides receiving students’ tuition fees at the school, no one is interested in the learning conditions and the well-being of the school,” a resident of Ofambe where the school is located told CitizensAlert.
Another resident informed CitizensAlert that despite the dilapidated condition of the school, their fees are considerably high for a public school. Our reporter gathered that JSS1 students pay N8,800 per term, JSS2 N6,600, JSS3 N14,300, SS1 N12,000. It was further learnt that WAEC/NECO registration cost N70,000 per candidate.
“Our children pay N70,000 for WAEC/NECO registration in that school. After payment, they are warned to not divulge to anyone how much they paid, and no official receipt is issued at the school for any payment that is made so as to keep things under wraps,” said another resident of Ofambe whose two children attend Community Secondary School, Ubang.
“I usually go to the school myself to pay my children’s fees, just like I did when one of my sons wrote the last WAEC. When I paid the registration fee, no one gave me a receipt despite demanding for it. And when I left, they warned my son to not divulge the figures to anyone,” the resident further said.
Although CitizensAlert could not independently access the school’s laboratory and library, current students at the school informed CitizensAlert that these facilities are in total shambles.
“The lab and library are a joke. They are like a human body without flesh. Nothing is in them and it has been so for years. You can see for yourself that even the door to the staff room looks like the doorway to a shrine,” said a student of the school who also spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Community Secondary School, Ubang has two main buildings, the junior section is of cement blocks whilst the senior section is of mud blocks, both of which are dilapidated and are begging for urgent reconstruction. The situation is the same with most public schools in the state.
Since Governor Ayade’s regime came to life, education has been one of its major casualties, yet billions of Naira are budgeted annually with no physical effect on the education sector in Cross River State. This is owing to official corruption by political heavy weights in the State.
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