Abuja - The Edo State suspects foul play after a fire gutted the Ministry of Education's offices in Benin City on Wednesday.
The fire razed about 20 office apartments where certificates and examinations records of Edo State and the former Bendel State were kept.
It is thought the fire started on the last floor.
It took a timely response of the Edo State Fire Service and Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport prevented the building from being completely destroyed.
The Edo State Commissioner of Education, Washington Osifo, described the incident as a national loss, adding that all unclaimed certificates that dated back to the mid-west region were burnt.
He said that he suspected foul play as there was power outage throughout the night, ruling out electricity chances of electricity starting the problem.
“We are disheartened to know that the educational records dating from the time of Mid-Western region to date have been destroyed. I was not even born then. I met these records here.
“The records are no more. What that means is that anything that is binding now as far as education is concerned in the state is affected. Both Primary and Secondary Schools records in Edo State are here. Because of the fire outbreak, there is a total disconnection now,” Osifo said.
The commissioner promised that a panel of inquiry would be set up with the mandate to investigate the cause of the incident.
- CAJ News