Students and lecturers at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State, are currently counting their losses after a rainstorm damaged several buildings at the Ugbowo campus of the institution.
The incident was said to have occurred on Sunday evening, following a downpour in the Benin metropolis.
It was gathered that no fewer than 10 buildings were partially destroyed by the rainstorm at the Ugbowo campus.
They include the Senate chamber, Centre for Entrepreneur Development, a lecture theatre in the Faculty of Physical Sciences, and some structures in Faculties of Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Arts.
The university’s staff quarters and electronic library were also affected.
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in UNIBEN, Prof. Julius Iyasele, said, “The rainstorm left some of the classrooms in a worrisome condition. They need to be fixed.”
A student of the university, who did not want to be named, told our correspondent that some trees and a telecommunications mast were destroyed.
“The wind was very strong and some trees were uprooted. Although I live outside the campus, I heard that a residential hall on campus was also affected,” the student added.
The Vice-Chancellior, Prof. Faraday Orunmwense, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the loss incurred was “enormous”.
Orumwense, who spoke when he led some management staff to assess the level of destruction on Monday, also called on the Federal Government and the Edo State Government to come to the aide of the institution.
He said that there was an urgent need to put the affected buildings back in shape so as to enable the lecturers and students to continue to teach and learn in a conducive environment.
The vice-chancellor said, “I want well-meaning Nigerians to come to our rescue because the damage is much. The roofs of so many buildings roof were removed and they are not conducive for learning.”
He, however, noted that efforts were being intensified to plant more trees at the Ugbowo campus, which would serve as wind breakers to prevent a recurrence of the incident.