Two-storey building collapses in Port Harcourt


Panic gripped the residents of Akpajo- Elelenwo Street in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State yesterday morning as an uncompleted two-storey building collapsed.
Although the entire rear section of the building, located at No 298, Akpajo- Elelenwo Street, Port Harcourt, collapsed in a heap, there was no casualty as workers at the site were said to have suspended work for about 10 days.
Many of the residents, who gathered outside the gate of the building, accused the contractor of using sub-standard materials for the construction of the building.
A private security official with a company in the area gave account of the incident.
He said the building went down in a hail of dust and loud noise around 10am after a downpour which lasted a few hours.
The security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, added that the owner of the building had always been absent, and that the contractor had been taking advantage of this to do a shoddy job.
He said: “The building collapsed around 10am after the rain. The owner of the building is a woman from Akwa Ibom State and it has been a long time since she visited this place. I believe the engineer handling the job must have done a bad work because of the absence of the woman. Even a novice in building will know that the job was poorly done.”
A witness, who identified himself as a building expert, said the steels and other materials used in constructing the building were of poor quality.
He said the builders ought not to have used three-quarter iron bars, instead of 5/8 iron bars which, he described as the ideal materials for multilayer buildings.
Meanwhile, the contractor was said to be on a business trip outside the state.


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