Wednesday, January 26, 2022

3 killed, including 2 children in building collapse in southern Nigeria

Nigerian police say a church collapsed in southern Delta state, killing at least three people, including two children. Nigeria’s building standards have been in the news since November, when a 21-storey building collapsed in Lagos, killing 45 people.

Rescue operations by police and emergency responders continued overnight at the site of the Salvation Ministries Church in Asaba, the capital of Nigeria’s southern Delta state.

Several worshipers had gathered for the evening service at the church on Tuesday when a single-storey building collapsed.

Police officials say 18 people were rescued from the scene and admitted to hospital and three of the victims are in critical condition.

Hours later on Wednesday, officials said three of those people had died.

Officials say the search for survivors is on. Patrick Uca Delta is the secretary of state government.

“All the different agencies, the police are here,” he said. “We have all the complements from the government that are here. The Ministry of Works was able to proceed with the payloader and the escalator.”

Delta State officials on Wednesday launched an investigation into what caused the accident.

Building collapses are not uncommon in Nigeria. According to experts, hundreds of buildings have collapsed in the country in the past decade.

Rescuers carry a body to the site of the collapse of a 21-storey apartment building under construction in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 1, 2021.

In November, a 21-story building collapsed in Lagos, killing at least 45 people – the deadliest incident in recent years.

The incident ignited new concerns about building standards in the country, with building experts blaming the authorities for weak implementation of the rules.

Building advocate Festus Adebayo says authorities have delayed taking action.

He said, “How many people have been jailed for building collapse? We just make noise for a week, and after a week, everything will be swept away.”

Poor design, faulty manufacturing processes and substandard construction materials are part of the problems behind building collapses.

In November, Nigerian authorities promised to be especially tough on builders using substandard materials.

David Majekodunmi, an official at the Nigerian Institute of Architects, says the government should back up its promise with regular testing.

“In terms of cube testing for concrete, in terms of testing iron bars, there has to be continuous material testing… All materials must be tested continuously. The government needs to outsource, need to have certified materials. -testing laboratories,” he said.

Laboratories for testing building materials in Nigeria are very rare and expensive.

Experts say that unless these issues are resolved, many more lives are at risk.

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