The Rivers State government has tasked communities in the state to safeguard government facilities sited in their domain.
This is as it condemned the wanton act of vandalism on school facilities at the Western Ahoada County High School, Ahoada Town in Ahoada East local government area.
The state Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, spoke to newsmen shortly after an assessment of ongoing schools construction works in Ahoada-East and Abua/Odua local government areas.
Ebeku, who was accompanied on the assessment tour by top officials of the Ministry of Education, expressed concern on the level of theft in the school.
He said: “In the course of our review, we found out that in some cases, school facilities, installed facilities, have been burgled and in some cases damaged by hoodlums. This is very unfortunate and condemnable.”
The Education Commissioner explained that the durability of government facilities is reliant on its protection from hoodlums by community members.
Ebeku said: “Communities where government projects are sited must see the projects as their own.They must strive to protect the projects.
“I will sincerely urge communities where government projects are ongoing to partner with government and the contractors to see that these projects are protected.”
Speaking further, the Education Commissioner said the review exercise is to ensure contractors met the standards and specifications for the projects which the Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike-led administration was executing in the local government areas.
He urged contractors to ensure timely completion of their projects and expressed satisfaction with the quality of work and pace of delivery by some of the contractors.