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Published On: Tue, Sep 28th, 2021

Old Boy Attacks Delta Govt For Commercializing Premises Of Okotie-Eboh Gram School Sapele

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 28TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A Facebook user, Jakpo Pablo Otoboh, has accused the Delta State Government of collecting N40,000 from every party organiser as rent for the use of a field on the premises of Okotie-Eboh Grammar School in the Sapele area of the state.
Otoboh, who stated this in a post on Friday, said he graduated from the school decades ago and had visited the school on Friday when he saw a post-burial reception taking place during school hours.
The Facebook user said that no meaningful learning can take place in such an atmosphere where students are distracted by loud music and activities of a burial ceremony.
“Okotie-Eboh Grammar School this morning, share until the consciences of the witches at the Ministry of Education, Asaba, and the Commissioner of Education are pricked.
“Even on Fridays, they collect N40,000 for the usage of the school field for burial ceremonies.
“Tell me, how can any real study take place in such an environment?
“While we were students here, this school field was near-sacred but it was sacrilegious to trespass,” he said in a video showing an ongoing party.
Otoboh also queried what the school authorities and the government use the money for.
He posted photos, stating that the Old Boys’ Association recently provided a new borehole for the students and also renovated some classrooms.
“The new borehole at Okotie-Eboh Grammar School, Sapele, as provided by OGSOBA ’96’ some weeks back.
“Commissioner of Education, Delta State, stop collecting N40,000 for the school field on school days,” he captioned a photo.
“Just last week OGSOBA ’84’ renovated and commissioned this block of building at Okotie-Eboh Grammar School, Sapele.
“Help me ask Mr Commissioner of Education, Delta State, what he does from [sic] the N40,000 field rent weekly?” he captioned another photo.
When contacted, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, said he was not aware of the development.
He, however, said the school management cannot use its resources to clean up its surroundings after any party.
“I don’t want to assume the merit of it. But if you go into a school and mess it up, the people are going to engage to clean it; are they not supposed to give them money?
“I am not saying that what they said is true, but if you use a school for a party – a burial or a marriage – they will litter everywhere, mess up the whole school, the principal or the headmaster, are they going to use their money to clean up the mess?” Aniagwu told our correspondent.
A top official in the state’s Ministry of Education confirmed that the government charges for the use of fields in public schools in the state.
“The government has an amount it takes and you pay it into the government’s account and send the draft to the ministry,” the official told
The source, who craved anonymity, because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, however, said it was wrong for the school management to have permitted a party during school hours.

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