Abuja building colapse as six escape death

Building-colapseA four-story building in high­brow Gwarinpa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the wee hours of Monday collapsed and trapped about eight in the rubble.
Six of them were later rescued by aid work­ers while the search for two others was ongoing at the time of filing this report.
There was, however, no death recorded in the incident.
An official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) who craved anonymity told the news men that “This building collapsed be­cause building codes are not implemented in Abuja. Clearly, the use of substandard material is responsible for to­day’s collapse and that is because engineers cut corners by colluding with government offi­cials”.
He also raised the alarm that apart from the one that has just come down, more buildings in the area are likely to collapse soon because of the weak structures holding them due to substandard ma­terials used in their construction.
Some of such build­ings are already being inhabited by tenants who are living in these death traps unknow­ingly.
The building, lo­cated at Plot 444, Citec Villa area in Gwarin­pa, Abuja came down around 1:00am. Some respondents told the new men that the building was an office building under con­struction which was already partly being in­habited by workers.
The ownership of the building was not certain at press time; some said the building was owned by a former governor of Osun State, while oth­ers said it is owned by the Nigerian Navy.
Personnel of the National Emergency Management Agency and the Nigeria Secu­rity and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were said to have reported promptly to the scene, but that before their rescue experts would arrive, volunteers were already on ground.
The volunteers, most­ly Igbo youths who run businesses around the area joined in the rescue of the affected persons and the six res­cued persons were said to be rushed to a hospi­tal and that no case was critical.
The Spokesperson of the National Emergen­cy Management Agen­cy (NEMA), Yushau Shuaib, confirmed the incident. He said in a statement that locals around the site of the incident helped in res­cuing three people who were trapped in the rubble.
Mr Shuaib also con­firmed that the injured victims had been taken to hospital.
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