ACCIDENT REPORT| 3-storey building collapses in Abakaliki

A three-storey build­ing collapsed in Nibo Street in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, weekend, leaving residents of the area threatened.

 A three-storey build­ing collapsed in Nibo Street in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, weekend, leaving residents of the area threatened.

No life was reportedly lost as the building was yet under construction for three years, though it was nearing com­pletion.
 
When The AUTHORITY on Saturday visited the site in the company of Abakaliki Cap­ital Territory Development Au­thority (ACTDA), the chair­man of the agency, Elder Fred Udeogu explained that the sus­picion was that the building had structural defects, more so that it might have been con­structed without authorisation by the appropriate authorities.

He explained that such huge loss and risk of the lives of people could have been avoid­ed if the owner of the building followed the due process that would ensure that the respon­sible agencies supervised, and approved the various stages of the construction.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Moses Nome who also visited the site said that the building’s owner and site engineer who have not been traced would be arrested and prosecuted whenever seen.

“They violated the state’s building-construction provi­sions, as we directed that those who want to erect buildings should contact relevant gov­ernment officials with their building plans,” he said.

He noted that the measure was for government to make necessary recommendations as the building collapsed due to poor quality of work and ma­terials used in erecting a build­ing of such magnitude.

“We discovered that 8 and 12 millimetre (mm) rods were used to construct it instead of 16 and 20mm and the space between the rods used for the ‘decking’ is about 8 inches in­stead of 6 inches.

A resident of the area, Mrs Dorothy Oko, noted that the building has been under con­struction for about three years, and urged the government to pull it down and evacuate the debris.

“It should do so without waiting to arrest the owner in order to save the inhabitants of inherent dangers caused by the collapse,” she said.


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