Rainstorm damages 30 buildings in FCE, Abeokuta

Roofs of several buildings at the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, have been blown away by the rainstorm, which accompanied a heavy rainfall on Tuesday, in the Ogun State capital.

Structures affected by the rainstorm included the provost and deputy provost office complex, lecture halls, students hostels, registrar and bursary office, deans and lecturers offices, as well as, the department of education and vocational studies.

The rainstorm also dislocated vehicles and damaged electricity poles and makeshift shops on the campus.

The institution deputy provost, Doctor Adekola Soyele, told Rockcity FM that students writing examination and members of an association were attending a seminar, in two of the affected buildings.

Doctor Soyele said the institution had contacted the Provost, who is away in Abuja for an official assignment.

Soyele said, “Yesterday, we were in the office around 2:30pm when the thunder storm came but we thought it was going to be a small thing, but, surprisingly, it even started from my office.

“I noticed flood in my office and I asked some members of staff to clean it up and just as they were doing that, I started receiving calls from different quarters in the premises reporting the devastating effect the rain has had on their files and sections.

“We started moving round to see what has really happened, we were sad because of the devastating effect the thunderstorm had on the campus.

“The storm affected the provost office, the vocational education department, office of the dean, the micro teaching laboratory, Students union building, the 1500-seater hall of the institution among others. In fact, the incident occurred during an examination.”

The college’s director of works, Engineer Venice, said over 25 buildings were affected by the rainstorm, while his department is still inspecting other structures, which are likely to have been affected by the rain storm.

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