Following Thursday’s collapse of a two-storey building at 7th Avenue, Gwarimpa, Abuja, the Kwara State gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alh. Shuaibu Yaman Abdullahi has called on the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, to stop further work on the ongoing Idiagbon flyover, Tanke, Ilorin to avoid a potential catastrophe.
According to a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Abdulwahab Oba, Alh Yaman said investigations have revealed that the project has no qualified consultant, contractor or practitioner on site, as those currently working are suspected to be unqualified direct labour workers.
Alh Yaman said he was alarmed and appalled to learn that the state government had earlier refused COREN to carry out its regulatory responsibility of ascertaining compliance with laid down statutes governing the construction of public buildings and structures, which he claimed necessitated his investigation and subsequent discovery.
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The PDP gubernatorial candidate, therefore, urged COREN to immediately direct its development control unit in Ilorin to, in the interest of the public, especially the large population of students who live in the area, stop the construction work until adequate inspection and confirmation by the council.
It will be recalled that over 40 persons are reportedly trapped in a two-storey building that collapsed at 7th avenue, Gwarimpa, Abuja, where several persons are yet to be accounted for.
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According to reports, the collapse of the Gwarimpa building was caused by the engagement of quacks, suspected to be similar to what is happening in the Idiagbon flyover, except otherwise ascertained by the regulatory body.
The current N2.4 billion Tanke flyover, which is being built by the Kwara State government to promote free traffic movement and boost economic activity, would be finished by January 2023, according to the government. While reviewing the current project in the Tanke neighborhood of Ilorin, the state commissioner for works and transportation, Mr. Rotimi Iliyasu, made this disclosure.