PHOTOS: Students Lament As Rain Destroys Kogi State Polytechnic Library
The students of the Kogi State Polytechnic have abandoned their school's library owing to what they called "negligence on the part of the leadership of the institution" and "misplacement of priority".
Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja is currently undergoing infrastructural decay as the tussle for leadership dominates the affairs of the institution.
For over two years now, students of the institution had been denied hostel accommodation, conducive lecture rooms for learning, portable water, electricity, amongst other infrastructures.
Also worthy of note is the abandoned projects, including the abandoned school library which the school's unions have attributed to "poor leadership and mismanagement of funds".
But instead of the management of the institution to concentrate on resuscitating these infrastructure, their major concern is hinged on the election of a New Rector to oversee the affairs of the institution.
Speaking about the current state of the school Library, especially in the School of Management Faculty, Department of Library and Information Science, the Chairman Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) Comrade Boluromi Sunday hinted to Bounce News that the Education Trust Fund (ETF ) had approved funds for the completion of the school's abandoned projects including the school Library, but till date, nobody has been assigned to monitor the project or to hold the contractors accountable.
“Essentially, those projects are ETF sponsored projects and they have their policy on finacing, once they notice the funds previously released have not been utilised well, then they won't release another fund and that is why you see that these projects are lying unattended.
“its unfortunate that instead of the school management to work towards completing these projects, the management is fighting for positions on who to be the next Rector" the ASUU chairman explained.
Recall that BOUNCE NEWS had earlier reported that the Students of the Institutions had been asked to vacate their hostels to allow for major renovations by the current administration, but till date, no moves had been made to that effect.
This the students narrated that because the school had forced students to live off- campus, a lot of lives had been lost on the Lokoja-Felele- Abuja express roads.
When BOUNCE NEWS spoke with some section of students, they revealed that, many times they attempted to use the Library, the rains drop directly on them; spoiling their belongings.
"We can't wait to leave this school,no accommodation for several sessions now,no big lecture rooms and they are admitting more people yet no where to keep them. You can also see that our Library looks like a " Secondary School" pupil's Library. Yet our school is only concerned about election. We are hoping that they just pity us some day"
Worst still, some of them lamented that they can no longer access current educational books as the ones they have are either inadequate, obsolete or destroyed by the rains that drops directly on them.
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