From Austine Tule, Makurdi
About 20 students of Divine Mercy Minor Seminary, Kanshio in Makurdi, the Benue state capital escaped escaped unhurt as yet to be ascertained source of fire inferno burnt to ashes their belongings estimated at hundreds of naira during the weekend.
The fire was said to have started in one of the storey buildings at about 3:30 to 4:00pm during which student’s essential materials like mattresses, books, food items, wears were destroyed when they were out for sporting activity within the campus.
An eye witness quickly alerted the Rector of the institution, Revd. Fr. Marcel Mary Okparji who during the incident was attending a conference around St. Joseph Catholic Church, Makurdi but directed the vacation of students from hostel to avert any possible panic and stampede.
At an emergency meeting of PTA held at the school, the PTA chairman, Stephen Iorzua and the Rector, led members for on the spot assessment of the damages incurred as a result of the fire incidence.
After interaction, it was resolved that the management of the school should dig into the natter with a view to unravel the circumstances surrounding the inferno as it was gathered that , there was on public or private power supply in the school during the outbreak.
The PTA also directed the school management to report to the Congress it’s findings at the next PTA meeting coming up on 15th February, 2020 for further deliberations.
It was further resolved that each patent should pay at least N500 and above as palliative measure to assist some student victims, much was realized on the spot while those who couldn’t pay should do so during the next PTA meeting.
The meeting commended the school management for impacting positively on students and urged the proprietor, Bishop Chikpa Anagbe to sustain the standard of the school it is know for.