Six feared dead as building project collapses in Awka

Six feared dead as building project collapses in Awka

Six persons are believed to have died after an uncompleted two-storey building collapsed at Agbani village, Ifite-Awka in Awka-South Local Government Area of Anambra State on Wednesday.
Witnesses said the building collapsed about noon when eight labourers were working on the structure, meant to serve as a students’ hostel.
However, one person is receiving treatment at a private hospital after being rescued by students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who mostly reside in the area.
While officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission took the survivor to the hospital and the dead person to the mortuary, the students and neighbours were still battling by 6p.m to rescue the victims.
An FRSC official, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen that contacts had been made to bring a crane to the site for the rescue operation.
However, students and other residents of the area used diggers and other instruments trying to excavate bodies from the rubble.
The member of the state House of Assembly representing Awka 1 constituency, Mr. Kenechukwu Chukwuemeka, who was at the scene, blamed the collapse on the use of inferior materials and the lack of proper supervision.
Chukwuemeka , who is an engineer, said a bill that would stop the use of poor materials in building construction and also to sanction defaulters was underway in the state assembly.
Both the owner of the building and the engineer in-charge were not available for comments.
Commenting on the development, a student, Mr. Mike Okoronkwo, residing around the area, said, “It is unfortunate that people could embark on rushed construction of hostels just to make money from students.
“More than 120 lives could have been lost in the collapse had the building been completed and habited by students.”
A two-storey building collapsed at Kwata junction, Awka in March, killing two bricklayers.