Fire has gutted a private secondary school, Annang Secondary Commercial School, located in Idung Esimuk, Odoro Ikot in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
It was gathered that the fire destroyed documents, buildings and other property estimated a several millions of naira.
The proprietor of the school, Rev. Joseph Ada, who spoke with newsmen on Saturday, said that he rushed to the school on getting the information about the fire incident, adding that by the he got there, the fire had become uncontrollable.
Ada said, “I was at home that night when I received the unfortunate news and before I could rush down to the scene, it was already too late to control the fire. Some concerned neighbours had tried to put it out when it started before my arrival, but their efforts proved abortive as the flame kept increasing.
“When I arrived, I was helpless, as I was confused about what to do at that point because that fire could only be controlled by fire fighters and the only fire-fighting station we used to have in Essien Udim was attacked and burnt during the recent crisis.”
He expressed concerns about the cause of the fire, noting that the school had no electricity connection or generator, adding that the school always hired generator whenever the need arose, wondering what might have caused the inferno which has wrecked so much havoc on the school
Mr Ada, who is also the chairman, National Association of Private Schools, Essien Udim chapter, said that the inferno has rendered both the teachers and students of the school helpless as the September 2021 resumption date in Akwa Ibom State approaches.
He therefore appealed to both local and state governments, corporate bodies as well as public spirited individuals to assist him to reconstruct the school which he said had been a source of livelihood to him and many others and citadel of learning in the locality.