30th June, 2011
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says no fewer than 11 persons were rescued when an uncompleted three-storey building collapsed on Wednesday in Mararaba, Nasarawa State.
NEMA Public Relations Officer, Malam Yushau Shuaib, told the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that rescue operation was continuing to determine the actual number of casualties in the incident.
He said NEMA had been holding series of meetings on how to move the victims and residents around the site to a safe environment.
Officials of the NSCDC, NEMA, FRSC, civil society groups as well as members of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) were said to be involved in the rescue operation.
Mr. Dachollom Jambol, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Builders, expressed shock and sadness over the incident.
â€œCases of collapsed buildings are just an indication of failure to our profession, we talk about quacks, and what are we doing about them?
â€œAt this site, there is no signpost of who is handling the project and they could not be found.
â€œWe need serious and firm laws to prosecute the offenders,â€ he said.
The Registrar of COREN, Mr. Felix Atume, said the council would ensure that contractors and engineers handling various projects across the country followed the councilâ€™s guidelines.
NAN reports that victims involved in the Mararaba incident have been taken for treatment at the General Hospitals in Maitama, Asokoro and Wuse in Abuja.