Monday, 18 July 2016

Anambra Multiple storey-buildings collapse, Oko Poly, Ogidi Community mourn death of 5 persons


This is not best season of “change” to Anambra people as collapse of different buildings at Federal Polytechnic Oko, Orumba North LGA, and Ogidi in Idemili north local government areas respectively have led to death of not less than five persons at a spot. reports that the two-storey building under construction which felled at Ogidi killed three artisans working on the site, while at Permanent Site of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko , a section of a multimillion naira multiple storey building for the Public Administration Department under construction sank into the ground.

It was gathered that the landlord of the building at Ogidi and two others escaped death by the whiskers as they were on top of the building when it collapsed in the wee hours of yesterday and they were rushed to a nearby hospital, while the corpses of the deceased were deposited at Iyi-Enu hospital morgue.

News48hour reported that those, who rushed to the scene of the incident and rescued some included the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Korma Horsea, Ogidi Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr. Hassan Musa and the President general of Ogidi Union Nigeria, Chief Chuka Onubogu.

Reacting, Chief Chuka, a Community leader in Ogidi attributed the cause of the collapse to fake building materials adding that contractors and those involve in buildings should ensure that genuine materials were used.

Meanwhile, reports that Workers were not at the poorly constructed sank Oko Poly site when it sunk. Some eye witness told us that the building which collapsed at 3 am at the Permanent Site or Extension site of the Polytechnic, Oko meant for lecture halls for students and offices for lecturers was as a result of overload.

Our sources alleged that ‘’ The building collapsed this morning about 3 am. It is the Public Administration building of the Polytechnic, and the building contractor is the Rector’s brother or family friend. This is the way they give contract to people without experience at bloated prizes. They are now saying no building collapsed , but never imagined it happened behind our compound and if not for the terrain we would have just crossed over to get the entire photos but the photos we got from our building is clear. We heard the loud noise from the collapse and wanted to go there but the Rector deployed security people to barricade everywhere.

Meanwhile even though the school management denied the report, we learnt that they have told students to vacate the school premises as they brought excavators to evacuate the debris .
When contacted , the Public Relations Officer of the Institution , Obini Onuchukwu struggled to cover up the collapse as he initially said there was no building collapse in the institution but when informed on the building and time of collapse , he said the management pulled down the section to effect  corrections and could not be said to be a collapse.

It would be recalled that 3 buildings have collapsed in Federal Polytechnic Oko extension site and environs in the last 1 month.
A private hostel Ndiagu village Oko building which was at the roofing level but has not been roofed caved in recently about 3 pm after a heavy down pour. The survivor who gave the information was rushed to an unknown hospital due to heavy shock.
After that another multiple storey building collapsed at Amaokpala , also Orumba North council area without a casualty.
Chairman of Orumba North local government area, Chief Okey Enekwe had blamed the building collapses on shoddy job and using of inferior and low quality materials not meant for building a storey building for the construction.

‘’the quality of the work is poor and the rods are not enough to carry 3 storey building. The rods were not properly arranged as they were using 12 mm and other lower rods for that building even though I saw 15mm.

‘’I am not sure structural test as advocated by Governor Willie Obiano was done at the site probably because of its location but we have directed the owner of the building and the Engineer to be at the Ajalli police station by 8 am for further questioning and briefing.

Hundreds of people have gathered at the scene to see things for themselves as at the time of filing this report, while Police Public Relations officer, Ali Okechukwu could not be reached for comment.  



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