CITY NEWS House fire kills in­fant in Mpape Chi­nese gov­ern­ment do­nates to Abuja school

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Re­joice Iliya By Terkula Igidi

Afour-month-old child was killed in a fire which broke out in a house at Katampe 1, Mpape, Abuja, on Mon­day.

City News gath­ered that the in­ci­dent oc­curred at about 5:00 p.m. when the mother, who was also se­verely burnt in the in­ferno, was cook­ing in the kitchen and left the child in a chair in the liv­ing room.

A source, who spoke to our re­porter, said: “The woman kept the child on the chair in the liv­ing room while she was cook­ing in the kitchen.

“No­body knows where it started from and how it started but be­fore she knew what hap­pened, the fire had en­gulfed the house, reach­ing the chair that the child was ly­ing on.

“She couldn’t stand and watch the fire burn her child, so, she at­tempted res­cu­ing her baby and she got burnt. By then, the fire was al­ready burn­ing other things in the house so she ran out to seek for help but the doors were closed.

“Peo­ple came to as­sist couldn’t en­ter the house through the door so they broke the win­dows and took the child out while others tried to put out the fire.”

Our re­porter, who went to the scene of the fire, learnt that the woman and her son were taken to the hos­pi­tal but the child died.

A res­i­dent of the area, Joy Michael, said that though there was elec­tric­ity at the time of the in­ci­dent, it was not clear if the fire was started by an elec­tri­cal fault.

She said that the fire did not af­fect nearby houses. In a bid to sus­tain the ex­ist­ing part­ner­ship with the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion Universal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has do­nated in­struc­tional and elec­tronic ma­te­ri­als to FCT China as­sisted model school Nyanya.

The items, pre­sented to the school last Thurs­day, con­sisted of books, com­put­ers, air-con­di­tion­ing units and ex­er­cise books.

The Di­rec­tor of FCT Universal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board, Dr Adamu Jatau Noma (mni), who re­ceived the items on be­half of the board, said the ma­te­ri­als would go a long way in pro­mot­ing teach­ing and learn­ing in the school and im­prove en­rol­ment and re­ten­tion of stu­dents.

Noma promised that the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion would build more class­rooms in the school to ac­com­mo­date stu­dents.

He said that the ad­min­is­tra­tion would en­sure that pupils ben­e­fit from the elec­tronic items do­nated.

The head teacher of the school, Ha­jiya Duduyemi Sau­dat, promised to make ju­di­cious use of the items.

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