By Toyin Saheed
The Senior Section Principal of Government Secondary School, Ilorin, Alhaji Salman Zakariyau has lamented 12 months blackout in the college.
According to the Principal, the school that celebrated its 103 years of existence last Friday have been left in the dark for over one year after their transformer was vandalised by unknown thieves.
Speaking on the development during the anniversary, which held in the school premises on Friday, last week, the principal said all efforts to replace the ruined transformer proved abortive, as those contacted are yet to find solution to the problem.
“We also told the Ministry of Energy, Chief of Staff but we hope one day, they will attend to our need. We buy fuel daily because we need light at the administrative block, library and our hostel.”
He appealed to the state government to provide functional library and renovate some classes.
“We need many things like library. The school is 103 years today but we don’t have functional library. We need facilities for sporting activities at the school.
“Also, some classes need renovation, our roads are so bad and the government needs to do something about our quarters which need upgrading and blocks to be constructed. We want our teachers to be living in the school to monitor the students.
“We have written memo to the government and I think they will attend to those needs,” Zakariyau said.
Meanwhile, the 1999 set of the school has paid the 2018 West African Examination Council (WAEC) fee of three outstanding students in the school.
The beneficiaries are Ajibola Muiz, Abdulmalik Shaba and Akanbi Bashit, all in SS3.
The gesture, according to Bello Abdulateef, was to give back to the school that natured them.
Bello, a staff of Femtech IT world, Ilorin, appreciated teachers and management of the school for the knowledge impacted on the students.
“In respect of that we the 1999 set thought that no matter how small is our capacity to help the growth and development of the school, we can do it to reciprocate the gesture, the school bequeathed in us,” he said.
He advised the students not to allow anything to limit their success, adding that this is the right time for them to choose whatever they want to become in future.