The Rot at FRCN Training School, Lagos By Zion Nwabuwa
The structures in No. 1A, Adekunle Fajuyi street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, will definitely be alien to terms like renovation, very fresh air, good security, up-to-date equipment and relevant materials. With the above description one might be tempted to think this address houses uncompleted buildings and maybe wild and overgrown bushes. Resist that temptation!
A part of the fence and a signpost there read FRCN TRAINING SCHOOL. Yes!…it’s the training school of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria. At the moment we’re not even sure of the colours…off-white, was-blue, light-blue, faded gray/blue…we cant tell.
FRCN training school was founded in 1957 with the aim of grooming broadcasters, writers, engineers/technicians etc. all to better the lot of the media industry. For some years the school did very well as seen in her graduation of people who have turned out to be role-models and veterans today.
Fast forward to 2014 and “sorry” will be the case as a visit to this “glorious school” will reveal neglect, shame, broken windows, very porous security and generally a school that does not befit Nigeria.
This sadly is the case with many federal government parastatals especially those outside the FCT. More saddening is the fact that this training school is under the ministry of information!. It might interest readers to know that the Television college in Jos, Plateu state is not much better.
A visit to FRCN training school and one is greeted with poorly-paid security staffers who look very weak both mentally and physically, walk further and old structures and equipments come to sight. Just behind the fence dividing the school and the expressway is a venue for weed-smokers and all sort of fellows to gather for whatever reason.
At this point one is tempted to ask if the school gets any allocation from the parent ministry and what plans are in the coffers. As a matter of fact the school needs some solid implementation of plans and not just talk. If funds however are sent to the school (regularly or otherwise) then someone needs to answer some questions.
A negative trend is also springing up in the school…robbery!
Three robberies in three weeks?…simply heartbreaking!…especially as students lose money, valuables (including an engagement ring) and have to cope with the trauma of nearly being raped. Of important note is the fact that the female’s hostel is usually the target. Again someone has questions to answer!
Nigeria’s minister for (mis)information Alh. Labaran Maku really needs to do a lot of things as this school is directly under his watch. Upon questioning some people it turns out that the air in FRCN training school now is that of fear and mistrust even among friends as nobody knows who to trust anymore. This is not a very good thing as nobody knows what will happen next and students instead of concentrating on studies will be worried about security which is supposed to be none of their business!
To whom it may concern, let the right things be done, proper investigations and sanctions carried out, necessary things provided, improvement of already-present infrastructure and funds provided so we all can boast of anything and everything about No. 1A, Adekunle Fajuyi street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
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