A building under construction, belonging to an Enugu State Government official, collapsed on Thursday.
It was gathered that in the ensuing confusion, some of the workers quickly jumped down from the last floor where they were working. A number of the workers were severely injured.
The Enugu State commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Mr. Chidi Aroh, who rushed to the scene of the incident, said that whereas his ministry took full responsibility for the incident, the agency had since August 2016 given order for work to stop at the site.
SOURCE FACT learnt that the building belongs to a member of the Enugu House of Assembly.
Some of the workers told newsmen at the construction site that they were working when they heard a caving sound.
He, however, said the order was disobeyed.
He hinted that he had quickly dispatched a letter to the police, requesting for the arrest of one Engr. Nwokike, who he said was in charge of the site.
The Commissioner also noted that he had ordered for stop of works on all building projects ongoing at the estate until all approval plans were verified.
He pledged that such incident would not take place again in the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration.
“This is the first time a building is collapsing in Enugu State since the inception of this administration and I can assure you that by the grace of God, such will not happen again,” said Aroh.
Meanwhile, some members of the public who gathered at the scene of the incident, blamed it on poor quality of materials used for the building.
It was also revealed that over 90 percent buildings at the said layout belongs to serving and former members of the Enugu State House of Assembly.