LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has confirmed the death of two persons and the rescue of four others injured at a collapsed wall in Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.
Abbas Idriss, FEMA director general, said a part of the building caved in and fell on the workers on site, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports .
According to Idriss , the agency was able to rescue six persons from the rubble while four have been hospitalized and two dead.
“Around between 10 a.m to 11 a.m., we received a distress call that there was a building collapsed beside the United Bank for Africa Bank (UBA) at Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II,” NAN quoted Idris as saying.
“We quickly activated our rescue team to go there and on getting there, they saw it was a wall that fell on artisans working around the area. So far, six people were removed from the rubbles 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 neighbor’s building that fell on them.”
The Director-general said that the agency has been sensitizing FCT residents on the need to abide by building approvals and the Abuja master Plan before setting the course for construction.
He called on stakeholders saddled with the responsibility of granting building approvals in the FCT to ensure that they give proper approval and monitored 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 the specification you now give them approval for the second phase that is how it should be,” Idris said.
“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, like I said earlier, we are not talking about the usage of inferior materials.
“It is because they extended their building and eating into the neighbourhood structure, which eventually collapsed on the artisans.”