Wednesday 19 April 2023

Two killed, four wounded as wall collapses in Abuja

The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has confirmed the death of two persons and the rescue of four individuals after a wall collapsed in Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

In an interview on Wednesday, FEMA’s director-general, Abbas Idriss, said the agency received a call about the collapsed wall between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

He said the wall fell on artisans working around the area.

“So far, six people have been removed from the rabbles, and two have died while four are in the hospital at the moment.

“It is a building under construction, and they have eaten into the building next to them because it is not their building that fell. It is the neighbour’s building that fell on them,” Mr Idriss said.

The director-general said the agency had sensitised FCT residents to abide by building approvals and the Abuja Master Plan.

He called on stakeholders like the Department of Development Control, Department of Engineering Services and other agencies to ensure that they give proper approval and monitor constructions in all locations.

“That is the only way to guard against the situation because the approval is supposed to be in phases. As you give approval in phase one, when they do according to specification, you now give them approval for the second phase; that is how it should be.

“But if you give a blanket approval to just go and start the building, they can build with whatever material they can. However, in this case, as I said earlier, we are not talking about the usage of inferior materials.

“It is because they extended their building and ate into the neighbourhood structure, which eventually collapsed on the artisans,” said the FEMA chief executive.


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