Democracy is sweet when the people vote a leader into power, and when the leader gets into power, he tries his best to ensure the people enjoy the dividends of democracy. And he does that by providing the people with the basic amenities and infrastructures necessary to make life comfortable for them. With that, the people would feel a sense of belonging, and have renewed faith in the person they elected into power. But that doesn't seem to be the case for this particular community in Enugu State.
Ette Community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu seems to have been abandoned by the government. Ette Community is a shadow of itself, although the community has produced some notable politicians before, but it seems they forget about their home immediately they got into power.
The community cannot boast of good roads, a good hospital, or any basic development. And then the worst is the school system there which the government does not also seem to care about.
One of the residents of the community who spoke with Sahara Reporters about the sad state of the community said that education has been one of their major concerns in the community.
The resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said that schools in the community lacks education monitoring team to monitor whether teachers go to school or not.
He said that the community has 15 primary schools, but some of the schools do not have good structure, and the pupils sit on the floor to learn, and some of the classrooms are abandoned.
He said that sometime in 2019 they set up a group, and the aim of the group was to bring the indigenes of the community together and see how they can solve some of the problems the community is facing, and one of the core responsibilities of the group was to monitor the education processes in the area, and they made some shocking discoveries. He said they discovered that a headteacher in one of the primary schools in the area got a job as a lecturer in Kogi State University, he took up the job, then abandoned the primary school, yet he was still receiving salary as headteacher of the primary school.
He added that the man's daughter is also a teacher in the school, but she has abandoned the village and gone to Abuja to start a new life, yet she is still receiving salary as a teacher of the school.
He said that in 2019 they discovered that the area has only two government secondary schools, but one of them was not functioning - the structure had been abandoned, there were no teachers there, and students were not there also. He gave the name of the school as Model Secondary School.
While narrating further the many ills the community is facing, the man said the other school - Community Secondary School - which was still functioning was not even accredited for National Examination Council Exams (NECO) as at the time they set up the group, the only exams they were accredited for was West African Senior School Certificate Examination, and upon that, when the time for the exams upon, the students would have to go to the neighbouring community to write the exams. He said his group put their heads together, brought staff members of NECO down to the school, paid money, and the school was finally accredited for NECO.
The man said that last week they received reports that teachers were not coming to work again in some of the schools, so they decided to send people to investigate and know why they have stopped going to work. He said they discovered that these teachers were not going to school because the government or education board in the local government is not monitoring them. He said that the teachers have abandoned their work, yet they are still collecting salaries, and that some of the buildings have been destroyed, and the pupils have to trek long distances to other neighbouring communities just to get primary education.
This is very sad indeed, and let's hope Enugu State Government will turn its attention to the plight of this community, especially in terms of educational development. Children are the future of any community, and education is the only key with which they can unlock that future, but when they are robbed of that key, their future ends up being in serious doubts.
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Credit Sahara Reporters.
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