On Sunday night, fire gutted part of the Faculty of Education of the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, which led to the destruction of some old examination scripts and electronics.
The Northern City News reported that the answer scripts which were kept in the first floor of one of the faculty buildings were completely burnt by the fire. Other items destroyed in the inferno were electronics, instructional materials, including laptops, projectors as well as furniture.
The spokesperson for the institution, Fatima Sanda, however, revealed that the damage caused by the fire was minimal; noting that the burnt answer scripts would not affect students’ evaluation or results.
She told our correspondent on Tuesday, “Thank God, no life was lost in the incident and the damage caused by the fire was minimal. Men of the fire service and some sympathisers rallied round to quickly extinguish the fire.
“The incident has not affected the ongoing examinations by the students and everything is currently going on fine.”
Our correspondent discovered that the incident, which occurred around 8pm on Sunday, have started from one of the switch boxes located on the first floor of the building, where some lecturers had their offices. The store, where the burnt answer scripts were kept, is also located on the same floor.
The Head of Library and Information Science Department in the faculty was among the offices burnt likewise the faculty’s examination office as well as lecturers’ offices were damaged. None of the lecturers, whose offices were affected, was ready to comment on the incident.
A student, who pleaded anonymity for fear of retribution, said he would not rule out power surge as the likely cause of the inferno. It was observed on Tuesday that clearing of the burnt items had already begun. Also, some students were seen in the faculty writing the ongoing second semester examinations.
Governor Aminu Masari and his deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, visited the institution on Monday for an on-the-spot assessment of the damage caused by the fire.