by Damilola Agekameh
The Proprietor of the Queen Diana International School Abule Egba, Samuel Kanu, is in distress after the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development demolished his school after a very short notice.
The school, located on 5/7 Ugochukwu Close, Oja Oba, Abule Egba, was demolished on February 18, 2020. According to Kanu, the school was served a notice to remove the property within seven days, on January 17, 2020. He then wrote to the Office of the Governor, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, as well as the Permanent Secretary and Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development.
However, Kanu said he was shocked when the Commissioner stormed the school with his entourage on February 17, 2020, and shut the gates while students were writing their mid-term test.
“The commissioner asked what I was doing about the relocation of the students and I pleaded with him to give us time, but he vowed that he was going to demolish the school and asked us to take whatever we wanted to take before 9am of the following day. When he was leaving, he ordered that the two gates leading to the school be locked with students inside and between the time they locked the gate and when they brought an excavator to demolish the building the next day, they did not open the gates and the children were traumatised”
Kanu stressed that they could not bring anything out from the school; all the laboratories with equipment were destroyed.
The proprietor, who said the government claimed it wanted to turn the area to a computer village, noted that over 200 students had paid and prepared to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in the school.
He then urged the state government to relocate the pupils and compensate him for the building.