Tragedy averted in Enugu as 3-storey building collapses

TRAGEDY was averted in Enugu, the Enugu State capital on Sunday when a three-storey building collapsed leaving all occupants of the building escaped unhurt.

The three-storey building was under construction at Ezeluike Street, Olympic Layout, off One-Day, Agbani Road, Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area of the state, before it suddenly went down.

Irked by the unfortunate incident, the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) on Monday announced its decision to commence evaluation of the structural integrity and stability of all buildings within the state capital territory, beginning from April 10, 2020.

The Executive Chairman of ECTDA, Dr Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, disclosed that the exercise would be jointly conducted by a technical team from the agency and the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Enugu State branch.

Dr Onoh further said, “ECTDA shall comply with the recommendations to be made at the end of the exercise. Where any structure(s) fails the integrity test the developer/owner shall be given a reasonable time not exceeding 60 days to commence reconstruction and ensure that the structure is fit and stable for human habitation.”

The ECTDA boss added, “In a case where no option is available such building(s) shall be demolished rather than put the lives of the occupants in danger.”

On the collapsed three-storey building, Dr Onoh said that rescue teams from ECTDA, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), State Fire Service and Red Cross, among others, were on ground at the site for emergency operations, noting that no life was lost.

According to him, “the collapsed three-storey building had no building approval from ECTDA and was consequently marked for demolition in July and November 2019. Unfortunately, the developer continued construction in defiance of the stop-work order issued by our agency.”

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