2 people have been confirmed dead after a building under construction collapsed early this morning around7 in Akure, Ondo State. Reports say the building which was to be used as a boarding house for a private school, came crumbling down as workers on the site arrived to begin the day’s job. Two teenagers died in the incident while two others sustained injuries and have been rushed to the hospital for medical attention
Residents in the area say the area is a swampy one and it could be that the foundation of the building was not well done and this led to its collapse. Continue…
Speaking on the incident to Sahara Reporters, Ondo state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Bade Omoloja said, “This is a total calamity due to the loss of life. This building had no approval to begin with because our men at the task force unit of the ministry have been here on two different occasions to stop work. Obviously, very poor quality of work was carried out at the site. There are so many building outside here that doesn’t have approvals.” he said
Men of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), State Security Services (SS) and other rescue agencies were all at the site to help with the rescue.