Damaged railing at the Lagos public school has been broken, killing one and seriously injuring five students due to the Lagos government through LASUTH’s negligence.
NewsOnline Nigeria reports that tragedy struck recently in the Badagry area of Lagos state, when seven students from Araromi Ilogbo High School, Oko-Afo, an area public school, were involved in the collapse of a handrail attached to a school building.
According to an exclusive report from THE WITNESS NIGERIA, one of the students has been confirmed dead while the other six are in intensive care at Badagry General Hospital, Badagry city.
A source who spoke with THE WITNESS NIGERIA revealed that the students were leaning on the handrail when the incident occurred.
In a preliminary investigation, it was concluded that the victim would have been avoided if the authorities had responded in time to the pleas to intervene.
The dead student was said to have been referred to the Lagos State University Hospital, LASUTH, in Ikeja due to the intensity of his injury, but the hospital demanded an initial payment of a whopping N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) prior to treatment would start.
According to a reliable source who spoke with THE WITNESS NIGERIA, the Lagos State Commissioner of Education, Ms Folashade Adefisayo, has immediately contacted the university hospital that made the scandalous demand, but she was not forthcoming. Sadly, the student whose name could not be determined at press time surrendered to the ghost before help arrived. He was buried on Friday, November 15, 2020.
Despite the allocation of Naira 48 billion to the education sector in 2020, an increase of 60% over the provision of Naira 30 billion in 2019, Lagos State schools still experience deterioration in infrastructure and The broken railing was known to have shown signs of damage and nothing was done to repair it prior to the unfortunate incident.
Both the State Commissioner for Education, Adefisayo, and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, did not respond to calls and text messages placed on their mobile phones at press time.
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