Scores escape death as varsitylecture theatre collapses inNDU campus, Bayelsa



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Providence averted what could have
been the tragic end of some persons
when an ongoing lecture theatre
building collapsed at the permanent
site of the Bayelsa owned Niger Delta
University, Amassoma in Southern Ijaw local government area of the
state. Though no life was reportedly lost, a
site supervisor was critically injured. It was learnt, Friday, that the collapsed
of the building was due to the alleged
use of substandard materials. A source told Saturday Vanguard that
the site engineer did not comply with
standard procedure in the use of
materials. He said,”instead of using eight pans of
sand and 12 pans of chipping, 15
pans of sand was used. ” 16mm suppose to be used for the
first decking but 12 mm iron rods
were used while the pillars were not
well cast from the DPC.” A squatter who escaped death by the
whiskers, Madam Oyitari, said she
heared a loud bang at about noon on
Thursday while drying her cloths
under the building. “I started seeing blocks falling on me,
I started moving backward in fear, as
if I was dreaming. I later heard loud
sound and saw the building down.
The blocks hit a part of my arm. I
thank God the whole building did not fall on me and no body was inside it,
except only one person was on the
top floor doing something , he did not
die but in a critical state,” she said. Members of the Nigeria Institute of
Architects (NIA) who visited the scene
of the collapse building blamed the
cause on the use of quack engineers
and announced its decision to set up a
high powered committee to investigate the incident. Leading the team of Architects, the
State Chairman of the NIS, Stella Raine,
said though a high powered
committee has been set up to
investigate the incident, the NIA have
always warned against the use of quacks at construction sites in the
state. “It has been a campaign we have
continuously carried out, and we want
to emphasize that competent hands
are used and strict supervision is
carried out on projects,” she said. A staff who pleaded anonymity said
the project monitoring team of the
institution had noticed defects of the
building and were in the process of
rectifying it when the it collapsed.


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