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Edo govt urged to probe Auchi building collapse

BENIN — THE Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers, Edo State chapter, has called on the state government to institute a commission of inquiry to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the collapse of a hotel building under construction at Auchi, to avert similar incidences in the future.

Besides, the body called for the enactment of relevant legislation that would empower the Institute to routinely inspect buildings under constructions in the state.

The body made the appeal after its  fact-finding visit to the site of the collapsed building at Auchi in which several people lost their lives recently.

The team, led by the Chairman of the Institute, Engineer John Osawe, decried the situation surrounding the incident.
and described  it as unfortunate, barbaric and inhuman.

Speaking to newsmen, Engineer Osawe said the project was structurally defective, pointing out that materials used were inadequate and substandard.

He added that the services of qualified structural engineer was not also in sight at the project site.

The chairman queried the competence of those who supervised the project and advised would-be land developers to, at all times, seek the services of experts, especially structural engineers to ensure effective construction.

Lending their voices, Engineer John Okorido, Engineer Noble Egharevba and former vice President of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, Engineer Martins Ejemai condemned in strong terms the incident, stressing that the job at the site was purely unprofessional and unacceptable.


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