A three-storey building which is still under construction at Nkaliki Road opposite the Abakaliki Local Government Council Headquarters, has collapsed.
Some government officials which includes the Secretary to the State Government Kenneth Ugbala; Commissioner for Internal Security, Stanley Okoro Emegha; Special Assistant to the Governor on Capital Territory, Chinyelu Udoku and Chairman of Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDB) Dr Uche Onwe have visited the site.
While Ugbala directed the immediate sealing of the site and demolition of the building, Emegha ordered the arrest of the site engineer. Udoku asked the ACTDB to produce the staff that approved the building and all those in charge of monitoring the construction.
Onwe on the other hand said investigations revealed that sub-standard materials were used for the building which also had lots of structural defects. He added that those found culpable will be arrested and prosecuted.
The ACTDB boss said;
“The Engineer attached to the building did not do any professional work. The quality of iron rods, the mixture, concreting are not up to standard.
“You can see we have sealed it, there is a lot of compromises even from the foundation.
“The building is going to be demolished today and evacuated. Every building has a town planner, an Engineer and a professional builder attached but in the course of construction these people compromise
“This structure wasn’t approved during my time but we take responsibility for it because government is a continum.
“We will trace the file to know if it was actually approved for three story and if it followed the stipulated standard.
“We will make arrests and prosecuted them as soon as possible.”