In a recent incident in Calabar, a building collapsed, trapping several people inside. The Cross River State government was quick to respond, rescuing an unspecified number of victims. The incident occurred at Nta Eke Street around Ikot Ushie axis of Calabar Municipality in River State. No deaths were reported at the time of filing this report, and all rescued victims were rushed to hospitals for medical attention.
According to reports, the failed structure was initially designed for a foundation that could carry a two-story building. However, the engineers attempted to increase the structure to a three-story building. This sudden change in plan led to the collapse of the structure, trapping some people inside.
Mr. Stanley Nsemo, the House of Assembly member-elect, swiftly sent an excavator to begin rescue operations. The state government also sent a rescue team, which rescued many of those trapped in the rubble. Eric Anderson, the Cross River State commissioner for information, said there was no death at the time of filing the report.
Anderson appealed for calm, stating that the state government had already deployed relevant agencies to assist in the rescue operation, provide medical support to victims, and ensure maximum security in the area. The commissioner also revealed that preliminary investigations into the incident indicated that the cause of the building collapse was due to negligence and the use of sub-standard building materials.
The state Ministry of Urban Renewal had earlier issued the builder an advisory “Stop Work” notice, which was ignored by the builder. Anderson further stated that a full investigation would be carried out on the incident.
The incident is a reminder of the importance of strict adherence to building regulations and the use of standard building materials. The Cross River State government has assured the public that it will continue to enforce strict compliance with building regulations to prevent future occurrences.