Kwara state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has cried out over deplorable state of its state secretariat which, it said, is at the brink of collapse.
It is recalled that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had, on January 21, 2020, paid an unscheduled historic visit to the secretariat to assess the extent of damage to the building structure.
It was gathered that his visit was followed by series of inspections by officials of the state Ministry of Works, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and experts from private firms to assess the level of structural defects, following which recommendations were made.
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The secretariat, situated along Offa Road, Ilorin, houses office accommodation for journalists, conference hall, chalets, generator house and restaurant. It was handed over to the council by the state government in 2013 as compensation for the revocation of the Union’s former secretariat on which the state banquet hall is now situated.
According to a statement by the council’s Chairman, Mallam Umar Abdulwahab and the Secretary, Deacon Omotayo Ayanda, on Monday, the secretariat has continued to experience a number of structural defects including crack walls, linking roofs resulting to damages of computer sets and office furniture and fittings.
It also said that erosion has caused damages to interlock in the secretariat, adding that it poses threats to the structures.
The council advised that urgent intervention should be made in terms of renovation, expressing concern that the secretariat may not survive this year’s raining season.
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