Fire has razed down a block of
two female hostels at the Federal Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The fire, which started around
7.45 pm, on Sunday, and raged on to Monday morning, reduced the entire
structure to ashes.
“The students were in the
dining hall when the fire started. Books and properties of the students were
all razed down, Nothing was removed,” a senior staff of the school told NAN,
The source, however, said that
no one was killed.
“One student, who did not go to
the dining hall and was sleeping in one of the hostels, was almost affected.
“Immediately she sensed the
smoke, she jumped through the window and sustained some slight injuries. No one
else was affected,” the staff said.
The source described the
incident as “shocking and devastating”, saying that it was the first in the
history of the 18-year-old school.
A correspondent, who visited
the school on Monday, saw smoke still billowing from the rubble of the burnt
hostels, while fear-stricken staff and students watched from a distance.
Teachers, staff and prefects
were seen trying to pacify and calm the students, especially the distraught
girls that lost everything in the inferno.
A source told NAN that the
incident was particularly devastating to the unity school because first term
examinations were expected to have started on Monday.
“The first term examination was
scheduled to start today, but with this development, no one is sure of what to
do next. We shall wait for further directives from the Federal Ministry of
Education,” he said.
Efforts to contact the Acting
Principal, Alhaji Babatundet Usuma, were not successful as he was said to have
traveled to Kano for the annual meeting of Principals of unity secondary
schools, while calls to his line kept ringing out.
Mr Gideon Gutap, Vice Principal
(Academic 2), however, told NAN, via a telephone text message, that the school
was yet to take a decision on the next like of action.
“Parents will be communicated
in due course,” Gutap stated.
He said that no one was hurt,
adding that a meeting was ongoing to consider the next line of action.
NAN gathered that officials of
the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) were invited for the emergency meeting
chaired by Mr. Ezekiel, Vice Principal (Academy 1).