By Andrew Ikehi
Chief Inspector of Education ( CIE) in Ika South local government area of Delta State, Mr. Ariwojo Eze, has stressed the need for parents and teachers in the state to intensify efforts in inculcating in their children/wards and students some basic security tips and safety consciousness in order to avert any possible danger.
The CIE gave the charge at the weekend in Agbor, administrative headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area of the state while commiserating with the family of the two teenage sons of a Pastor in the area who were swept away by a maddening flood water few days ago.
According to the CIE, the charge has become imperative in order to avert possible unforseen circumstances given the security situations in some parts of the country as well as some natural disasters.
Mr Eze, who led a high powered delegation to the family of the deceased children and student/pupil of Agbor Technical College, Agbor and Alibioba Primary School, Testimony and Godwin Okwuokenye, aged 15 and 11, described the death of the teenagers as shocking.
Speaking in an interview with journalists at the residence of the deceased teenagers, the CIE said, “When we heard the news of the unfortunate incident, it was so shocking and that is why we are here to commiserate with family.
“We have been to the schools to also commiserate with the staff, students and pupils of the affected schools
“It is something really shocking and devastating to us because, we exist because of these children. Without them, we do not have any business in the state Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education
“Before now, we have been going around informing the various school heads on the need to educate the children on what to do to avert any of such unfortunate occurrence. This is quite unfortunate, although they were not in school when this happened as they had already returned home, but we feel so sad about the whole incident.
“We have been telling the School heads on the need to educate the students and pupils on the need to be secure and safety conscious. Although it is not in our curriculum, but this one that happened now is a big lesson for all of us even parents” the CIE posited.
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that tragedy struck Thursday, June 18 in Alibioba Community beside Agbor Technical College, Agbor in Ika South Local Government area of Delta State as two brothers, Testimony Okwuokenye (15) and Godwin Okwuokenye (11) were swept away by a ravaging flood in the area.
The flood, occasioned by a torrential rainfall that began at about 3:45 pm on that fateful day, an eye witness said, swept away Testimony, a JSS 1 Student of Agbor Technical College and his brother, Godwin, a Primary Five Pupil of Alibioba Primary School in the area.
The eye witness account reports that the brothers were returning home from an outing when the rain commenced, adding that they stepped in a gutter few meters away from their home.