The School of Engineering Office Complex of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. was on Friday night raze down by fire.
The ravaging fire which started at about 11 pm completely burnt the complex housing the office of the Dean of the School of Engineering and other adjourning offices, including those of the Heads of Department of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical/ Electronics and Agricultural Engineering, as well as a large classroom.
It took the combined efforts of the men of the Ekiti State Fire Service, the Polytechnic Fire Service team, security officials and students who took risks to prevent the fire from spreading to other facilities in the School.
In a statement on Saturday by the Deputy Registrar (Information), Mr. Ade Adeyemi-Adejolu, the Rector of the Institution, Dr. Taiwo Akande, who also participated in the rescue efforts along with members of the Governing Council, as well as some top officials of the Polytechnic, described it as a disaster of monumental proportions.
She lamented that so many sensitive and un-replaceable documents and materials ranging from computers, furniture, office cabinets and the building complex were lost in the inferno.
According to her, an emergency meeting of the Governing Council was still on around 11:05 pm when some students raised alarm about the fire.
She said efforts to prevent the fire from spreading to other facilities proved abortive.
While stating that the cause of the fire had yet to be ascertained because there was neither electricity supply nor any bush burning at the time of the incident, she added that investigation would be launched to unravel the cause.
The Rector appealed to the Ekiti State Government, the National Emergency Management Agency, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, and other arms of the Federal Government to come to the aid of the Polytechnic in mitigating the monumental loses.
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