The announcement of the immediate suspension of all town planners in the local government areas of Imo state has been made by the State Government in the case of incessant building collapse.
The building collapse which occurred in the different local government’s areas in the state between Thursday and Saturday claimed the lives of three people and injured many others.
The suspension was declared due to the collapse of four storey buildings within three days that claimed three lives. Supervisors in the Owerri Capital Development Area where the building collapse occurred have also been suspended.
A statement was issued by the Special Adviser to the Deputy State Governor on Media, Uche Onwuchekwa that the government is looking into the causes of the collapse.
According to Punch report, the statement reads: “It is disheartening that our state could in less than four days experience four incidents of collapsed building. This has once again called to question the qualification of the building or civil engineers behind this substandard constructions and standard of materials used in the construction of these buildings.
“While in Oforola, barefacedly, one could also notice abdication of responsibility on the part the town planners of the local government as those concerned throughout the time of search and rescue operations were conspicuously absent. I hereby direct that all those involved be suspended.
“Imo State Government shall not fail to ensure that those whose carelessness caused this unfortunate loss of innocent lives are brought to book. I must commend the quick response of various government agencies with that of the vigilant and proactive youth of Oforola whose efforts saved six lives.
“I, therefore, commend Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations/Chairman, Bureau of Lands, Engr. Kingsley Uju; GM, OCDA, Dr. Mrs. Chika Nnajiofor; Adviser to the governor on health, Dr. Edward Ihejirika, the commissioner of police for their rapid response.”