Society of Engineers set to investigate collapsed building in Onitsha

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– The Nigerian Society Engineers (NSE) on Wednesday said it would investigate the collapse an uncompleted four-storey building in to forestall a recurrence such incident.

The Chairman the society in , , Mr Emmanuel Nwankwo, told newsmen it would investigate the contractor, the engineer-in-charge the project and the materials used.

Nwankwo said the would ascertain whether due processes of approval were followed before the commencement of the project.

He said some NSE had visited the scene and were liaising with its headquarters in Abuja on the incident.

“We have taken statements eyewitnesses and some surviving workers at the site of the ill-fated building,’’ he said.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, East Zone, Prof. Peter Katchy, regretted his team, made up of specialists in disaster management, was not informed early enough to prevent the loss of lives.

Katchy appealed to the public to always inform the society of such incidents to curtail the loss of lives and to persons.

“For three days running, the Red Cross mobilised its Onitsha North, Onitsha and Idemili North local governments to the scene as well as to console the of the bereaved,’’ he said.

The building collapsed in the premises of St. Christopher Anglican , Odo-Akpu, Onitsha on June 1.

The Nigerian Red Cross Society said four persons lost lives in the collapse; three site workers and a worker. (NAN)