“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Education is one of the indices used to determine the level of progress of in a community. The drivers of development in any society are mostly the educated ones. Eyele is a community in Ofu LGA in Kogi State and it is about 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Lokoja, the state capital. Eyele is another isolated community that lacks access to basic amenities such good schools, electricity, health facilities, clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
The school in Eyele community was established in 1996.Before the new structure was erected; the school was a mud building with 3 classrooms, which accommodated 180 students. Currently, 3 new classrooms have been built through the MDG Special Project in 2014 and 2 new classrooms are under construction by the Kogi State Government. During a recent visit to the community by the Follow The Money team, they discovered that the school has 200 students, with 2 teachers to teach them 8 subjects. There are no toilets in the school and no water source. As part of the MDG Special Project, VIP toilets were supposed to be constructed and the classrooms furnished but the contractors have abandoned the project without providing them. There are no boards or desks in the school.
In all its years of existence, Eyele community never had access to electricity and it is just about 30 minutes drive from Ajakouta LGA where Generu Generating Power Plant is located.