The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) State Technical Committee of the Engineering Regulation and Monitoring Inspectorate Anambra State has conducted preliminary inspection of the site of a collapse building in the state. During the visit, it confirms that two persons suspected to be carpenters died in a collapsed building in Anambra State at the weekend.
The collapse of a two-storey building located at Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area has earlier been reported in media. The building was undergoing reconstruction on its second floor, which was said to have a defect, when it caved in.
COREN team which reacted to the incident on Sunday noted that the building was owned by a lawyer( name withheld) and was being roofed when it collapsed.
The Anambra State Chairman of the State technical Committee of COREN , Engr. Victor Onyeanyana Meju, said: “The building which is still under construction was commenced two years ago. The committee while in the course of their preliminary and visual site seeing, noted unprofessional practices which are against engineering codes and standards.
He called for stricter enforcement and compliance to laid down standards to avoid more incidences of building collapse in the state.
He said, “The structure collapsed at about 17:55hours on Friday. The building which is still under construction commenced two years ago.
“The state technical committee of the Engineering Regulation and Monitoring Inspectorate and the Anambra State Physical Planning Board have since sealed the site.
“Samples of concrete, rods, blocks and other aggregates from the site have been collected for proper laboratory test to ascertain their strengths.” (MyEngineers)