JUST IN: Two Storeyed Building Collapses in Delta State

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An uncompleted two storey building, still under construction, in the Marine Quarters axis of Warri, collapsed to the ground on Friday, leaving a huge heap of rubbles.

The building which was few metres away from the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Warri Correspondents Chapel, crumbled at about 1:10pm, according to an eyewitness.

It was gathered that that no lives were lost as labourers working on the building did not come to work as a result of the heavy downpour.

Mr Olusegun Awodiyi, Chairman, Marine Quarters, who spoke on behalf of the residents, said they had warned the owner of the building that the foundation was not strong enough to carry a 2-storey building.

Awodiyi said rather than make use of good and standard materials, the owner of the building once said “we should go away that he knows what he is doing as an engineer”.

He said: “The workers have not been around for some days, so we thank God that no life was lost.

The Delta Government should come and take a critical look at another house belonging to the same owner of the collapsed building to avoid another one collapsing and possibly leading to death.”

The Warri South Council Chairman, Dr. Michael Tidi thanked God that no lives were lost.

According to her, “First we have to thank God that no live was lost. Second, from what we are seeing here now, shows that the materials that were used were poor.

“The owner of the building must have been building this place without employing the service of an engineer. This is the reason the building collapsed.”

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