The management of Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Yaba Lagos has appealed to members of Parents Teacher Association (PTA) of the college to close ranks and complete ongoing magnificent three storey female hostel in the college. Speaking with news men on the challenges facing the college, the Principal of the school, Mr. Chris Ugorji said that one f the major challenges facing college remain accommodation for both staff and students, stating that if the ongoing hostel was completed, it would assist to accommodation more students.
According to him, the female hostel which was initiated by the PTA of the college before he came in was a noble project designed to make students live comfortably and study their books without much stress. He said there is need for the PTA to do something urgently to complete the hostel so that they will bequeath conducive learning environment to their wards. Ugorji said the 1000 bed space for the girls was very necessary considering the vulnerability of the girlchild in the society, saying that if the hostel was completed it would help to assist the college in the administration. “We know the important of boarding house to students and if the PTA could not complete the building, it then means that the aim of the project was already defeated “he said.
He admonished various groups in the PTA to come together and forget all their differences and close ranks to complete the project because it would assist in the academic performances of their children According to him, the PTA had levied each parent N50, 000 to build the hostel but on the second thought it was reduced to N30, 000, which was spread to three teams and many had paid, while some are yet to pay.
Ugorji said some parents wanted to know how much that was generated and spent on the building and the PTA raised professionals to look into the income, expenses and what is needed to complete the building. “At the submission of the findings of the professionals ,it was discovered that the sum of N132 million were realize and N127 million have been spent on the building of the edifices ,while about N57 million is needed to complete the project.
Some people said that the investigations were horribly done, that they should be thorough investigations before further action on the building. The PTA had wanted that the hostel be completed before October so that many of the students will be accommodated in the hostel rather than putting them on unnecessary stress of travelling every morning to classrooms from their homes “he added.
The Principal said that he was not interested in the PTA politics but was only interested in the transformations of the college for the students to have sound education while in the college. He however observed that if the hostel was not completed many students may not return back to hostel when the college resume for academic session in September as attention would be given to the first year students. “Some parents said that if the PTA forces them they will petition the President and National Assembly.
The aim of this is to tell the public that the college management is not here for politics, but committed towards rendering quality education to Nigeria students. PTA is supporting the college and the management is not supporting any group. If they don’t want to complete the hostel, it will affect students’ accommodation .Though, we are not going to do general de-boarding but certainly many students will not come back to the hostel especially those who did not behaved well” Most of the parents do not understand the due process of federal college; they serve as model to other colleges .Some do not understand the role of PTA .
Government established PTA to help schools to grow. Parents are important stakeholders to bring up children, if we want to wait for government to do it, and then school may not grow” he said. On why government cannot make up for this hostel, he said that government has many contending issues and the college had written to government and secured approval for some capital projects and until today no money has been released.
“Every year this college prepare budget and send to the ministry, as it stands today we lack classrooms, our dining rooms can no longer accommodate the population of our students. We converted some classrooms to hostels, but next session we are going to reverted them to classrooms” We want the PTA to be united and allow peace to reign as lack of peace will affect their children” he said.
Speaking also the Vice Principal, Student Affairs Mrs. Ann Ajisafe said during the PTA meeting, it appear that some people never wanted the hostel to be completed ,saying that if they do not complete hostel, many students will not come back. She said, there are space constrain in the college now and if no new hostels were put in place it would be difficult to accommodate many students in hostels, stressing that none completion of the project would be to disadvantageous to the parents.. According to her two third of the students are boarding students and there is no adequate facilities to keep them on campuses.